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LPSS Superintendent discusses possible scenarios for students returning to school this fall

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Posted at 4:58 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 17:58:24-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — Lafayette Parish School System Superintendent Irma Trosclair announced during the June 10 board meeting the many different scenarios that she is exploring for students returning to school this fall.

During her opening comments to the board, Trosclair said that her staff have spent the last several months preparing for various start of school scenarios.

"Of course, our hope and our goal is that we will be able to begin school in the traditional manner we have in the past," said Trosclair.

However, she said that in the event that a traditional start is not advisable, LPSS is planning other possible scenarios.

According to Trosclair, an alternate learning scenario is a blended, hybrid learning model for smaller groups of students - Group A & Group B - report to school on alternate days and continue their learning from home on the other days.

Trosclair says that a third scenario would come into play if there is a complete closure of particular schools or all schools throughout the district.

That would be a virtual distance learning model where all learning is done online.

Trosclaire said that LPSS has ordered the necessary technology to support student and teacher needs in this model through CARES Act money.

She adds that they are working with community leaders on improving connectivity to the internet for students identified as not having it at this time.

"In all scenarios mentioned above, we are confident that we are in a better position to support continued learning in the event that we face full or partial closures of schools in the future," said Trosclair.

According to LPSS, the start date for students returning to school this fall is Aug. 13, 2020.

Trosclair said that on or around June 20, districts will receive additional state guidance and recommendations and LPSS will be in a better position to move forward with a more definite teaching and learning plan.

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