“We are ready for the first day,” Zachary Schools Superintendent said after delay due to COVID cases


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Monday is the first day of school and there are lots of changes in place in Zachary after a week delay.

“I will tell you jitters are absolutely still there,” said Keisha Thomas, Principal of Zachary Elementary School.

Thomas explained one thing not changing ahead of the first day of school. Your child will see the not so typical new things. Desks are set up for hybrid learning.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, “A” students will have face to face learning, sitting in one desk while the desk next to it for a “B” student is empty. The students will then swap on Tuesday and Thursdays.
Cleaning supplies are in each classroom and touchless water fountains have been installed.

“We are ready for the first day. We’re excited about getting the kids back into the learning environment,” explained Scott Devillier, Superintendent of Zachary Community Schools.

Devillier said it’s important to have students in the classroom everyday. He said they are making sure students under the virtual model see their teachers everyday. The school system delayed the new school year by a week after 19 teachers were exposed to the Coronavirus.

Zachary isn’t the only school system to see cases. More than 140 students and staff in Livingston Parish Schools are under self quaratine after being exposed to the virus. McKinley High was closed for a deep cleaning after an employee tested positive and more than a fourth of upper class students at Episcopal School are in quarantine after students were exposed to the virus off campus.

Devillier added, “Make sure the kids wear their masks. We keep them socially distanced, six feet apart and everything we can do to keep kids safe because ultimately, that’s our number one goal.”

“Teachers are ready and they are ready to see students whether it’s the hybrid model or virtual model,” said Thomas.

Zachary Community Schools will continue that hybrid, virtual model, but that could change when they have their next school board meeting on September first.

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