Jefferson Davis parish will be the first of the Acadiana parishes headed back to school.
Jeff Davis is set to start on August 17. Evangeline Parish students return a week later on August 24, with St. Martin and Vermilion Parishes later that week. Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Mary will return after Labor Day.
As parents, students, and school employees in Jeff Davis prepare for that first day, we wanted to make sure all the big questions were answered.
Students in Pre-K through 5th grade will go to class five days a week. Middle and high school students will have an A-B schedule. The A group will go to class Monday and Wednesday. The B group on Tuesday and Thursday. On the days they aren’t at school, they will have assignments to complete. While at school, those in third grade or above must wear a mask.
“As long as your mask covers your face and as long as it’s school appropriate and it doesn’t draw on do attention to itself, you are going to do fine with a mask,” said Jeff Davis Superintendent Kirk Credeur.
Temperatures will be checked when you arrive to school. Anyone with a fever will be isolated and sent home. The exact protocol for what reporting is done if a teacher or student tests positive for COVID-19 is still in the works.
“Each case will have to be taken individually and looked at because there’s a lot of questions about the process and each particular case. Every variable changes the outcome and one of the biggest questions people have will be 'was there exposure? Explain the exposure. Tell me how the exposure happened,'” explained Credeur.
Buses will only run at 50% capacity. Students will have to wear a mask on board. They’ll get hand sanitizer on boarding and they won’t be able to share seats unless they live in the same household. The windows will be kept down and buses will be cleaned in between routes.
“We brought our bus drivers in and we are training them on all the requirements," added Credeur. "Students enrolled in virtual learning as well as those on the A-B schedule will be given breakfast and lunch for those days they are staying at home. That schedule won’t be released until September."
“They’ll be able to take meals home for those days they are not at school,” Credeur said.
For the latest back to school information across Acadiana, visit katc.com/backtoschool.
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