The Lafayette Parish School System announced today that it will transition 12th-grade and 8th-grade students to daily in-person learning beginning on Monday, February 1, 2021.
LPSS says that these students will join elementary school students who attend school every day for face-to-face instruction.
Students in grades 6 & 7 and in grades 9, 10, & 11 will continue to follow the A/B schedule until further notice.
The school system says they have not experienced wide-spread closures of schools and transmission of COVID-19 in schools is low. School Board President Mary Morrison says student performance also played a role.
"They're not performing up to our standards, and we feel that face-to-face will get them where they need to be for graduation," Morrison explained.
We spoke with parents of a Comeaux High School senior, who say they are excited for their son.
James and Kelly Curtis watched their son Ian play soccer Wednesday night. As a senior, Ian will be shutting down his laptop and returning to the classroom in less than two weeks.
"I was super excited because it's his senior year, the experience that he has missed out going every other day," Kelly Curtis said.
And while the online learning may be stressful sometimes, James Curtis says his son is an "A" student.
"He's done really well. We're pleased with his success with school. As far as school itself, he is ready to go back."
LPSS asks that those who return to school continue to follow mitigation measures and guidelines.
"Due to the hard work of our educators and staff in following mitigation measures, COVID-19 transmission in school settings remains low, and we have not experienced wide-spread closures of schools. District administrators continue to work collaboratively with health officials and will continue to evaluate and adjust our learning model based on current information. We are thankful for the work of our educators in keeping our students safe in schools as learning continues. We encourage everyone to continue doing their part in slowing down the spread of this virus. Please wear masks, limit large gatherings, wash hands, and practice social distancing. These efforts will help our students and staff remain safely in school."
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