Jefferson Parish Schools Delayed Because of Coronavirus

In the July 15th Jefferson Parish School board meeting it was voted to delay the start of the school year because of the pandemic. The school board recently conducted a survey regarding coronavirus concerns. Out of the 10,305 responses, 68% would like to delay the first day of school to August 12th.

The coronavirus is a struggle for the whole world and everyone is learning how to navigate this new territory. The district wants to ensure that its staff and teachers are trained and prepared for safely reopening the schools for the 20-21 school year. Teachers need more time to prepare and learn the additional safety guidelines that will be implemented due to coronavirus.

Another concern is what phase the state will be in, in terms of reopening when the school year begins. Jefferson Parish Schools have come up with three possible scenarios to try and cover all basis. The first scenario will be to allow students back into schools with kids in the classrooms. The second would be an all virtual learning platform and the third scenario would be some brick and mortar and some virtual.

As of now, it is voted for 1-12 grades to begin August 12th and PreK and kindergarten will begin August 17-18 in the school buildings. July hit record highs in cases all over the state. The parish is the largest district with 51,000 students and 80 schools so plans could change once again.

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