Schools in Texas won't lose state funding if they stay closed while offering virtual learning this fall.

According to a spokesperson with the Texas Education Agency, local public health officials can keep a school closed for in-person class rooms this fall without losing state education money.

That's a turn around from what schools were being told last week.  The education agency had said they will require schools to open their doors for five-day week classes or lose their funding.  The agency had offered up a three week transition period for classes to go from virtual to in-person classes.

According to the Texas Tribune, the TEA has now confirmed the school districts would keep their funding if local health officials told them they could stay closed.  They will still be required to offer virtual classes to all students.

Gov. Abbott said this week that he would be open to expanding the three week open rule and give schools more flexibility.

Officials seem to keep going back and forth on opening or staying closed. Meanwhile, some local districts are already releasing their plans and offering virtual learning.

Belton was scheduled to discuss their plans at a meeting Wednesday evening.

I just want everyone to be safe and do what's best for the students, teachers, and and staff.

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