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Lafayette Parish students return to class Thursday

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Posted at 6:07 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 07:12:14-04

Lafayette Parish students are returning to class on Thursday, August 15. They are the last school district in Acadiana to return and this year.

And students and parents may notice some changes in the district as they make their way back to school.

Abby Breidenbach was LIVE at Raphael Baranco Elementary with details.

Lafayette Parish students return to school Thursday

Some of the changes in Lafayette Parish have already happened before the start of school. Among those are a new superintendent and several new principals now in office.

The biggest change for students in grades 6 through 12 could be graded homework. Last year, the school board did away with homework grades but this year they reversed that decision.

Homework will now count for up to 5 percent of a student's total grade. The School Board says that each teacher will have the option to grade homework or not.

And some students will start their year at new schools.

In Broussard, the brand new Billeaud Elementary School will welcome its first students. In Lafayette, Dr. Raphael Baranco Elementary School will open its doors to students.

Baranco Elementary will be housed at the old N. P. Moss campus. Most recently, the school building was used as an alternative school.

The district has rezoned nearly 1,000 students to accommodate the new campuses.

For a look at more of the changes affecting students in Lafayette Parish: School starts in Lafayette; here's a look at changes in policies, rules