Local school districts react to decision by Governor Edwards

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state’s efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – It has been 74 days since Louisiana went from Phase 2 into Phase 3.

On Tuesday, Gov. Edwards announced that the state would be going back into a Phase 2 of sorts.

The move back to Phase 2 begins this week and will run for four weeks.

After the governor’s decision was announced, some local school districts released statements about the decision and how their parishes will proceed.

Some of those statements can be found below:

Ascension Parish Schools:

Dear Ascension Public Schools Family,

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana will go into a “Revised Phase 2” starting tomorrow until Dec. 23, 2020. We are waiting to see the details of the Executive Order, but Governor Edwards did state that a decision on the operations of schools will be made by local school districts.

We are working to get clarity from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) on how to interpret this action, as we operate under BESE Bulletin 741, Chapter 4, which is facilitated by the LDOE guidelines.

Should there be any changes to operations, we will announce that as quickly as possible. Thank you in advance for your continued patience as we make decisions to safely serve as many students as possible within all applicable guidelines.

Respectfully,

David Alexander
Superintendent
Ascension Public Schools

EBR SCHOOLS:

IBERIA PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT:

We are aware of the Governor placing the state in modified phase 2 and are awaiting clarification on the impact on schools. Should something change other than typical operations, we will send notifications through social media.

LIVINGSTON PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

Statement from Superintendent Joe Murphy —

Today Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana will be moving back to a revised Phase Two effective 11/25/20. This announcement has the potential to impact our schools in relation to the phased guidelines under which we operate. With that said, the governor clearly stated that he is leaving the method of instruction, whether it be virtual, hybrid or in person, to the individual school districts across the state. He praised the state’s school systems for doing a good job of mitigating risks associated with COVID. The governor said he would sign the new proclamation later today, and it will expire on Dec. 23, 2020. Our school leaders will wait for the official proclamation to be reviewed before issuing any further information

The Louisiana Department of Health reported 39 new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, November 24.

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