UPDATE: Lincoln schools closed, NELA schools go virtual temporarily

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Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 11:37 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2022 at 4:50 PM CST
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UPDATE: (1/12/21) - Starting Jan. 13, Lincoln Parish Schools will be closed until after the MLK holiday.

In a message sent out Wednesday morning, officials said:

“Lincoln Parish School Board is diligently monitoring the health and wellness of all our students in the district. We do not take this responsibility lightly and are willing to take all appropriate measures to ensure our students and employees are safe. We are aware that our students and staff are being affected by the uptick of illnesses due to not only COVID-19 but other ailments such as colds, stomach viruses, and flu. For this reason, the decision has been made to close Lincoln Parish Schools on Thursday, January 13 and Friday, January 14. Students will return on Tuesday, January 18 following the Martin Luther King Holiday.

“As a school district, we will take this time to deep clean all schools thoroughly in an effort to offset the transferring of these illnesses. There will be no virtual assignments for students and athletics will be addressed individually by schools as far as continuing. The second 9-weeks/1st semester will now end on Wednesday, January 19, and report cards will go home on Monday, January 24. We encourage everyone to use this cautionary measure to rest and to take adequate precautions to avoid any unnecessary exposure.

“We would like to thank our students, parents, and employees for their patience and understanding as we navigate through this season. Lincoln Parish students and their well-being come first, and we will continue to make that our top priority.”

- Ricky Durrett, Superintendent Lincoln Parish Schools

Also, as KNOE reported on Tuesday, the Smackover Norphlet School District is joining a growing list of ArkLaMiss schools temporarily returning to distance learning.

According to the school news blog, the district will use AMI (Alternative Method of Instruction) from Wednesday, Jan. 12 through Friday, Jan. 14.

The following Monday is the Martin Luther King Holiday, so in-person classes will resume Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Richland Parish Schools:

Due to the number of COVID-19 isolations and close contacts, school and central offices in Richland Parish will be closed on January 13 and 14, 2022. Students will receive instruction remotely and employees will work remotely on January 13 and 14, 2022. All school-related activities will be suspended at the end of the school day on January 12, 2022, until face-to-face classes resume on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

The West Carroll Parish School Board posted this message:

Madison Parish Schools posted this message:

UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Some northeast Louisiana students are going back to virtual learning for a short period of time.

Union Parish Schools leadership has announced they will go virtual from Jan. 12 - Jan. 17, 2022. (Wednesday through Monday, though Monday is a holiday.) Union is dealing with staffing shortages and absenteeism of students due to COVID-related issues.

A message from the school system says students will work virtually logging into their Google classroom, other electronic forum, or paper packet provided by a teacher.

At least two other schools will be virtual for a bit after Tuesday.

D’Arbonne Woods will be virtual from Jan. 12 through Jan. 14

General Trass High School will be virtual until Jan. 24. In-person classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, Jan. 24.

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