The Lafayette Parish School System announced that David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy will transition to virtual learning for all students effective Wednesday, November 18 with school reopening on November 30.
The school will be closed to all students and the public, but staff will report to school to continue virtual education of students.
"We want to implore our entire community to join us in helping slow the spread of this virus. Especially with flu season beginning, mitigation measures outside the school day and on weekends are extremely important. We want to remind everyone to wear masks, limit large gatherings, and be proactive in social distancing," a release from the system states.
Students should log in to Google Classroom for instructions from teachers, as each individual teacher will have different lessons. Students should be prepared to complete assignments each day.
Administrators note that this change is different from the spring semester when learning was optional. Learning will continue and virtual learning is mandatory during the fall semester, just as if students were reporting to class daily.
For students in need of internet connectivity, Wi-Fi buses are available in the school parking lot and the Help Desk can be reached online or by calling 337-273-0755.
More information for students will be provided by school administration, the release states. Further information such as meal pickup will be provided at a later date.
Administrators also reminded families that all health protocols remain in place while learning at home. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the case should still be reported to school officials.
This is the second LPSS school that has gone all-virtual this week. Southside High went all virtual on Monday.