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Ouachita Parish Schools 2020-2021 reopening plans released

Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 4:13 PM CDT
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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - The Ouachita Parish School system has released its plans to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

Superintendent Dr. Don Coker says they modeled their phased guidelines after the Strong Start 2020 plan. Each phase will correlate with whatever phase Governor John Bel Edwards has advised for the state.

The plan includes guidelines on social distancing, transportation and capacity in classrooms. Instruction will be a combination of in-person and online depending on the phase and will vary by grade level. Students with specific disabilities will be given the option of face-to-face instruction.

No matter the phase, students in grades three through twelve will be required to wear masks while on school property. There will be exceptions for students and staff with respiratory and other health problems. The district is working closely with the homeland security office to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for students and staff.

“They have truckloads of masks and gloves and this is not only for students, but employees also. We have some shields with access for our cafeteria ladies and hand sanitizers. They have four-ounce hand sanitizers, two for every child,” Coker said.

The school system’s plan includes different approaches based on Louisiana’s phased reopening. As of the plan’s release, Louisiana is currently in Phase 2 of reopening, but it’s possible that could change by the time the school year starts.

For more details on each phase, you can find a copy of the plan by clicking here.

You can watch the July 9 school board meeting here:

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