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Acadiana school districts plan to stay in current phases amid state moving into Phase 3

Safely Back to School
Posted at 9:19 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 23:59:44-04

Tonight one main question from parents throughout Acadiana: what's going to happen with my child's school now that the state is moving into Phase Three of reopening?

You asked and now, we have a parish-by-parish look at each district’s plan.

Even though the state is moving into phase 3, most school districts are keeping themselves in phase 2 for now. Here's what each school district is planning to do:

St. Landry Parish plans to stay one hundred percent virtual for now, according to Superintendent Patrick Jenkins. The school board will hold a special meeting to discuss possible changes to that plan.

Acadia Parish will remain in Phase 2 indefinitely. The district will eventually transition to Phase 3 And will use guidance from the state to make that transition. For now, all elementary students will go to their campuses every day... while middle and high school students will remain on an A-B schedule.

Lafayette Parish will also remain in Phase 2 for now.District officials say they will allow more people on buses starting next week. The district says it will give an update in three weeks after gauging what happens between now and then.

St. Martin Parish will also increase bus capacities starting next week. Superintendent Allen Blanchard says that's the biggest change Phase 3 will bring.

Iberia and Evangeline Parishes are taking a "wait-and-see" approach. Officials in both districts say they will compare the governor's order and department of education guidance before moving forward.

Vermilion Parish is also taking a wait and see approach. Superintendent Tommy Byler says they will assess what happens over the next few weeks before making a decision.

St. Mary Parish says nothing there is changing just yet. District officials say they're looking at timelines and making plans to enter Phase 3.

Jeff Davis Parish schools, except for Lacassine, will reopen on Monday. Because of the state of emergency caused by Hurricane Laura, the district will remain on its Phase 2 plan, including A-B schedules for middle and high school students.

Read more from Acadiana superintendents here.

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