The Zachary school board has decided to push the start of school back for one week after multiple teachers tested positive for the coronavirus.
Zachary’s superintendent, Scott Deville, says 19 teachers throughout the district are out because of the coronavirus. Deville says seven teachers have tested positive or are considered presumptive positive and 12 are quarantined.
“We want to teach safely, we don’t want to feel unsafe, we want to teach prepared, we don’t feel prepared,” a teacher said.
At Thursday’s school board meeting, the board unanimously voted to push back the start of school by one week. The decision followed testimony from educators and parents pleading with the board that teachers are not prepared to go back to school.
“This is the first time I’ve felt like throwing in the towel,” a teacher said.
“Your teachers are telling you they aren’t ready, I want my kids’ teachers to be confident and ready,” one parent said.
They argued it’s not safe for children or teachers to go back into the classroom and it would take longer for the teachers to learn the online programs.
“It’s ludicrous to think that when the kids come back to school that even more people will not get sick,” a parent said.
But there were some who didn’t see the point of pushing back the start of school.
“You’re just delaying the inevitable you still have to come back to work,” a parent said.
Zachary schools will now reopen on Aug. 17. While many were relieved they also wondered if they’ll ever be ready to head back to the classroom during a pandemic.
ZACHARY, La. (BRPROUD) The Zachary Community School District confirmed on Thursday, August 6, that there are 19 teachers quarantined due to COVID-19.
Officials also confirmed at least seven of those teachers have either confirmed cases or presumptive cases.
The remaining 12 are under quarantine after having close contact with someone who has the virus.
Classe are currently scheduled to start Monday, Aug. 10. The district has called an emergency meeting Thursday night to discuss possible changes to the school start date. The meeting will be held 6 p.m. at the Zachary High School Visual and Performing Arts Center.
We’ll provide more details as they are made available.