Students in St. Tammany Parish return for in-person instruction

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St. Tammany Parish Public School System

New schedules to start next week

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. (WDSU) — St. Tammany Parish schools began welcoming students back for in-person instruction on Monday.

Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia told WDSU that school officials will use the first week to assess students and teach them about the new safety protocols in place. Students will begin their new schedules next week.

Under the district’s reopening plan, pre-K through fifth grade will return for in-person instruction full time, while sixth grade and up will do a mix of in-person and at-home learning.

Families also had an all-virtual option, which school officials say almost 5,000 students have signed up for.

Jabbia said his top priority is ensuring the safety of students, teachers and staff in the district.

“We don’t have COVID-19 in our schools,” said Jabbia. “It’s in the community, and we know it’s going to be brought to the schools someday, somehow. We just have to control the spread as much as we can.”

The district has partnered with Ochsner Health to evaluate students who are showing symptoms of coronavirus.

Parents have mixed emotions about sending their students back to school.

“Really wasn’t too concerned with it,” said Lisa Jones. “She was super excited about coming back, and they did a really good job letting us know how things were gonna transpire.”

“What’s different about it is I have to pick up my daughter now,” said Monika Farray. “She is the last bus stop, and she is affected by migraines. So sitting on a bus for 45 to 50 minutes with a mask on and with no air conditioning, it’s just not an option.”

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