St. Helena School District revises back-to-school plan, online learning begins Thursday

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 file photo, Students, some wearing protective masks, arrive for the first day of school at Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, Fla. President Joe Biden has called school district superintendents in Florida and Arizona, praising them for doing what he called “the right thing” after their respective boards implemented mask requirements in defiance of their Republican governors amid growing COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

GREENSBURG, La (BRPROUD) – St. Helena Parish School District has made changes to the Return to School Plan for the upcoming semester.

Due to a shortage of tests, mass testing through Southeast Community Health Systems this Thursday and Friday will not happen. The school board does still have access to COVID-19 tests through Omega Diagnostics, its weekly COVID-19 test service provider.

Due to the shortage, the district has decided to switch to the eLearning Platform, Microsoft Teams, from Thursday, Jan. 6 to Monday, Jan. 10. Students head back to in-person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

“This will give parents time to register for testing through Omega Diagnostics, or to acquire their own COVID test through their private medical doctor,” the district says.

Parents who decide to not use Omega Diagnostics will have until Monday at 5 p.m. to register their children for the COVID-19 test. Parents who do not wish to have their child tested on Tuesday or can’t show proof of a recent negative test result must wait until Friday, Jan. 14 to return to school.

Register for the Omega Diagnostics Test here. Registration is required in order to be tested.

Non-vaccinated students must quarantine for 10 days any time an active COVID-19 case is reported at their school or on their bus. Masks must be worn at all times indoors and on school busses.

Families can find a video to help them re-learn the Teams eLearning platform. Call the school if assistance is needed with accessing login information.

Find the full revised back-to-school plan here.

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