Chambers county, Barbers Hill ISD at odds regarding the district’s reopening plan

MONT BELVIEU – David Lothridge of Mont Belvieu represents many if not the majority of the parents in Barbers Hill Independent School District. He said the children need to be back in school.

Nearly every parent with children in the district that KPRC 2 came across Thursday was in favor of sending kids back to school for in-person instruction with no delays.

"You can learn more in class than on the computer," Lothridge added.

Other parents agreed.

"In-person learning is a lot better, it's more disciplined," said Kendra Eyth. "I feel like they get more out of it. At home, it's difficult."

“I think that it is good to be in-person,” said Kinsey Spiegelhauer.

Many parents are comfortable with the in-person option but the issue is causing tension between the superintendent and the Chambers County Public Health Department.

The department on Wednesday posted a letter saying it had "urged" local school boards to "take further action to protect their staff and students by delaying in-person instruction until September 8th at the earliest."

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