Students in Nash County Public Schools will not be going back into the classroom until at least March 22, the Nash County Board of Education voted today.

The school board met in an emergency session at 4 p.m. today to vote on the issue. The matter was presented at a special called meeting on Tuesday as a staff decision for information only.

At that time, Superintendent Steve Ellis and his staff recommended that classrooms reopen on Monday, according to the plan adopted by the school board earlier this month.

However, several school board members on Tuesday expressed deep reservations about opening classrooms in the current COVID environment, as the Telegram reported Thursday.

Several school board members said today that they had received an onslaught of texts, calls and emails concerning the issue, prompting the decision to hold a vote on the matter this afternoon.

The school board’s decision to delay the reopening of schools was approved by a 6-5 vote. Classes will continue under the Plan C remote learning plan until that date.

More information will be available in Friday’s print edition.