The Lafayette Parish School System will begin transitioning hybrid students to campuses for in-person learning shortly after the Mardi Gras break.
The school system made the the announcement on Tuesday, February 9.
LPSS says that on Monday, February 22, 2021 6th-grade and 9th-grade students will return to school daily.
10th-grade students will follow on Thursday, February 25, 2021.
On Monday, March 1, 2021, 7th-grade and 11th-grade students will return to school daily.
This staggered approach, they say, will allow the transportation department to assess and make any necessary changes to bus routes.
LPSS buses are limited to 75% capacity and parents are encouraged to continue to drop off and pick up students if able.
"Keeping health and safety a priority, we must also be mindful of the academic, social, and emotional impact of school closures on our students. While I respect the views of all stakeholders, the implementation of safety protocols has been effective and a return to daily instruction is the right decision at this time,” said Superintendent Irma Trosclair.
Mitigation measures such as mask-wearing, frequent hand washing, social distancing to the greatest extent possible, respiratory etiquette, disinfecting high-touch surface areas, and limiting large gatherings have been successful, the school system states.
LPSS says that the spread of COVID-19 in schools has remained low.
"We will remain vigilant in our mitigation efforts and continue to ask for assistance from our community as we know these measures will allow our students and staff to remain safely in school.
Anyone exhibiting any symptoms of illness must remain home," LPSS said in a release.
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