In the last week of June, The Plaquemines Parish School District released their plans for the school year during the pandemic. The majority of the Parish’s schools will offer both virtual and brick and mortar classes.
Belle Chasse High School will only offer virtual learning for the first nine weeks of the school year. The 7-12 graders that make up the 900 students at the high school would have a hard time physical distancing. Superintendent Denis Rousselle explains that they “looked at all kinds of scenarios” but it was just too challenging. The teachers at Belle Chasse High school are all currently being trained in Google Classroom.
“The kids will have to complete assignments and they will be graded as if they were traditional assignments,” Kenny Petkovich, Director of Secondary Education in Plaquemines said.
Plaquemines Parish schools sent out a survey at the beginning of July asking parents which path they will take for their students’ learning. The district asked in the survey which learning option they would choose for their students either traditional or virtual learning.
“I’m just very grateful that at least Plaquemines Parish has a plan,” said Jaime Sauer who has an 8th, 6th, and 3rd grader in Plaquemines Parish schools.
The school district explained the plans for the upcoming school year in a letter sent out to the district’s parents. The district will follow the LDE and LDH guidelines. If the state reverts to Phase 1, all students in the district will participate in online/virtual learning. If Louisiana is in Phase 2 or 3, Belle Chasse High School will remain online/virtual while remaining schools will offer both virtual and brick and mortar options.
“The plan of today is to try to get as many children as we can in the brick and mortar schools safely,” Rousselle said.
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