On Wednesday in St. Landry Parish. schools began a staggered entry into in-person learning once again.
This includes Pre-k through 4th grade.
Dave Baker was LIVE on GMA at East Elementary in Eunice for the return to in-person learning.
Superintendent Patrick Jenkins says that 2020 has been a challenging year for the school district and schools in the parish.
During the summer months, the St. Landry Parish School Board issued surveys to parents that showed support for 100 percent virtual learning.
That decision has been altered as cases in the Acadiana area have dropped.
Students will now return on a hybrid and staggered schedule, he says.
On Tuesday, parents and teachers gathered outside the school board offices to protest virtual learning and asking school officials to consider returning completely to in-person learning.
Principals in St. Landry Parish have decided which grade levels will attend class on Wednesday and which will begin on Thursday.
On Friday, October 2, all 5th through 12th grade students assigned to group B under the hybrid model will report to school.
Starting next week, students will follow the hybrid schedule where on Mondays and Wednesdays group A will report to school and on Tuesdays and Thursdays group B will report to campus.
Groups will alternate each week on Fridays.
School administrators say they are ready to take in students for the school year.
East Elementary School principal Gina Lagrange says that careful precautions have been taken to ensure that students are protected.
"We've been preparing for a long time," she said. "We were told to prepare for no matter which way we had to go in."
Students will have their temperatures checked and given hand sanitizer at least every two hours.
Students will also be required to wear masks when not in the classroom.
Parents have been contacted by school administrator on what is required of students this year to keep all them safe.
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