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Frustrations continue over back-to-school changes

St. Landry Parish School Board
Posted at 11:51 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 00:51:08-04

Amid back-to-school changes in St. Landry Parish, some parents are continuing to voice concerns.

Next week, the district will transition into its "phase two" plan which includes a hybrid model. The Superintendent says a lot of planning went into how the district will move forward, but amid the changes, some parents and teachers say they are not being heard.

Concerned parent Jermaine Green said, "If you give us what we're asking for, we would not protest outside on your lawn. I don't understand why that's so difficult to understand and comprehend that we refuse this program."

Green would like for the district to stay 100% online, but consider a hybrid online model.

"We asked for it. If it fails, we have ourselves to blame. We don't want your system. We want the current one we're on now," Green said.

Superintendent Patrick Jenkins says lots of planning and evaluating goes in to how the district will move forward and educate students.

"They put in a tremendous amount of work to have a plan for phase one two and three. Whether we're working virtually or working in another model," Jenkins said.

For some, they're willing to go to extreme measures to get the district to reverse course on moving to phase two.

"If you're not prepared to meet us halfway, we're prepared to stay and go all the way," said Donald Broussard. "Ask parents to keep their kids at home, have people call in, stay home, strike whatever word you want to use. We're prepared to go all the way."

Jenkins said, "We take their concerns seriously and we will continue to work to improve it. We will meet the needs of the vast majority of our community. It may not be a perfect plan, but we have to start somewhere."

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