DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF)- The Dallas County Health Department is ordering all schools, public and private, to postpone in person learning until after September 8th.
Dallas health officials released an order July 16th stating Dallas County is reporting record-high numbers of COVID-19 and COVID-19 related hospitalizations.
The order says school systems shall not reopen for on campus, face-to-face instruction and only staff can be inside classrooms to facilitate online learning. The order says all school sponsored events and activities like clubs and sports shall not take place until on-campus instruction resumes.
Dallas County Health Officials say at least two weeks prior to reopening on-campus instruction, each school system must develop a written plan and submit it to the Local Health Authority which will then be made available to the public.
“I think it’s a great move because the numbers continue to spike upwards and that is a definite health risk for all students, employees and for the families,” said Dallas Alliance American Federation of Teachers President Rena Honea. “Everyone needs our economy to thrive and grow but we can’t do it on the backs of our teachers and students….We can’t afford to keep exposing people and putting their lives at risk,” she said.