Monroe City Schools goes over health and safety guidelines for the new school year

Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 11:18 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The new school year typically means new classes, teachers, and supplies but now it’s about new guidelines.

The Monroe City School Board shared its “Starting Smart and Staying Safe” plans on Tuesday for the 2020-2021 school year.

The comprehensive list of guidelines was created based off of the Louisiana Department of Education and Louisiana Department of Health’s “Strong Start 2020″ plan.

“There’s going to be temperature checks at every point when every student enters the building, there’s going to be isolation rooms if people show up with any kind of symptoms, the procedures for if a child shows up with symptoms what happens next,” said District Two board member Jennifer Haneline.

This includes information on classroom and school bus capacity, temperature and symptom checks, and food distribution.

MCSB shared that the learning platform for students will depend on the reopening phase for the state. According to District One member Rick Saulberry, the models were determined based of the survey results from parents. Nearly half voted for online learning and the rest voted for in-person instruction.

If the state remains in phase 2, students in K-6 will have 100% in-person classes while 7-12 will do hybrid learning. This means students will do half in-person and half-online instruction. Students in grades three and above will be required to wear face masks.

Parents do have the option to enroll their child in a 100% virtual learning program if they are not comfortable having them return to school.

No matter the choice, board members stressed that health and safety is their main priority.

This school system will be about, is about protecting the life and health of our students and our employees,” said board president Betty Ward-Cooper.

The school year starts on August 26. Click here to enroll your student in the virtual/distance learning program. The deadline is Friday, July 31.

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