The Acadia Parish School System has released its plan for the re-opening of school, and changes for the first day of school for teachers and for students.
School was to start for kids on August 12; that had been moved to August 17. Now the new date is September 8.
"Please note that these plans are subject to adjustments given a number of variables associated with Covid-19 going forward. The attached plans will serve as a guide as we continue to work out details associated with starting school," says Superintendent Scott Richard. "We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation as we work to reopen schools safely for our Acadia Parish students."
The plan, which you can see for yourself by scrolling down, provides different strategies for different ages of students, and for different Phases that the state may be in. There's also a letter from Richard, which contains other details, and the new school calendar.
Regardless of the Phase, any family can opt to participate in virtual school instead of attending class on campus. The virtual school is available for children in grades K through 12, it is free, and children in virtual school can participate in extracurricular activities for their home zone school.
For those who want to go to school, the state is currently in Phase II, and that would mean children in Elementary schools would be placed into small groups that stay together during the day. They would go to school five days a week.
In Middle schools, children would be split into two groups, and attend school on alternating days. If they're not at school, they would attend class online. Children with moderate to severe disabilities could attend school five days per week, but that would be determined on a case by case basis.
In High schools, students would also be split into two groups and attend school on alternating days, and if they're not at school would attend class online.
Regardless of the age, the max size of a group would be 25 people, including adults, and buses would be running at 50 percent capacity.
Here's the plan:
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And here is Richard's letter:
And here's the new calendar: