SALISBURY TWP., Pa. - A Lehigh County school district is changing its plans for the start of the school year.

The Salisbury Township school board voted 8-1 Wednesday night to go fully online, at least through the first marking period.

The district had planned to implement a hybrid/blended learning plan, where students would attend in-person classes two days a week.

"We are trying to keep distancing for our families based on the guidelines that have come out most recently, last week, from the Department of Health and Department of Education," said Randy Ziegenfuss, district superintendent.

The district says with a fully online model, there will be more consistency.

Still, some parents are frustrated.

"The lack of flexibility for such a small district is surprising to me," said Laura McKelvey, a parent in the district.

But, the board says it is sticking to the online plan.

"Guidance is coming at us almost daily, it seems, from PDE, Department of Health, PIAA, etc., and we are going to continue to follow that guidance," Ziegenfuss said.

He says the district is planning to have a new and improved virtual model on Sept. 2, as it has had more time to plan for the fall.

An updated school calendar indicates the first day of virtual school is now Sept. 8, with orientation for some grades on Sept. 2 and 3.

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