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Getting Answers: LPSS addresses COVID concerns and upcoming school year

Posted at 8:20 PM, Jun 18, 2020

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association is reporting that seven of its member schools have cases of COVID-19, including at least one case in Acadiana.

Many of our viewers are asking what the school systems are doing to notify parents and what this could mean for the upcoming school year.

Tonight, we're Getting Answers from the Lafayette Parish School System.

As high school football programs are ramping up summer workouts, some are taking a timeout after receiving word someone on their team has tested positive or come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Allison Dickerson, spokesperson for the Lafayette Parish School System said, "We have protocols in place. We're taking temperature checks, we're asking health questions before practice. The students are in small groups so we can quickly notify everyone and hopefully prevent the spread of this going throughout an entire campus."

Dickerson said parents are notified and those who test positive or those who may have had contact must quarantine.

Right now, that does not mean the entire school will receive a notification.

"I think it depends on what phase we're at in this situation and if it's phase one, that's different than having all of the kids on campus," Dickerson said.

As the school year approaches, LPSS is looking at three scenarios: return to class as normal in the fall, have a split schedule with some in class instruction and the other part online. The third option is having class completely online.

Dickerson said, "It really is a just wait and see approach. We're monitoring the situation and waiting on guidance from the State Department of Education."

This summer teachers are receiving extra training should classes go completely online and the school system is evaluating how to implement CDC guidelines.

"We want students to have a routine. It's just where are they going to receive the delivery of that education," Dickerson said.

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