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St. Martin Parish guidelines for school to be released next week

Posted at 6:14 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 20:15:26-04

ST. MARTIN PARISH, La. - St. Martin Parish Superintendent of Schools Allen Blanchard Jr. says while they're still finalizing the details of their back to school plan, they're following state guidelines closely.

Some of the major changes include the increased sanitation around the schools. There is going to be a difference in transportation where the number of students on buses will be limited based on what phase the state is in, Blanchard stated. St. Martin Parish is going to be offering more through their virtual program that has been in operation for nearly 10 years. That program is accredited by the state where the student in that program gets a diploma from one of the high schools that's accepted by a university state wide.

"In St Martin parish we're going to follow all of the guidelines recommended by the department of education," the Superintendent said. "We released a strong start guidelines two weeks ago. Whatever phase we're in we're going to follow those guidelines. So when it become permissible then we'll offer PE, band, choir."

The school system will submit some guidelines to parents before school starts. They are going to put together a one page document that highlights the most important daily routines that they need to follow like conducting temperature checks before going to school, wearing a mask when required, washing hands regularly, using hand sanitizer and following the guidelines.

St. Martin Parish Schools intend to release the plan to the public early or middle of next week.

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