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The Lafourche Parish School District is still planning to start school on time.

But the parish will start its school year with two weeks of virtual learning.

School Superintendent Jarod Martin released the school's plan for the beginning of its semester to The Gazette today.

In it, Lafourche will follow its same academic calendar with revisions.

School will start on Monday, August 10, in Lafourche, but classes will be at Phase I - Virtual Learning for ALL students.

This is due to an increase in local COVID cases in recent days.

After that, Lafourche plans to open campuses on August 24 with its planned A/B rotation with half the students going Mondays and Wednesdays and the other half going Tuesdays and Thursdays. The groups will alternate Fridays.

The acceleration to the A/B plan will be dependent on the COVID situation at the time.

"As we continue to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, please understand that our Return to School plan will be altered and routinely adjusted as needed," Martin said. "We recognize that these are challenging times for everyone, but we must continue to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students, staff, and our community."

Martin said that the plan has been made carefully and that the School District is continuing to work through details and guidance to plan the school year.

"We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation, and we continue to receive guidance from health officials and the Louisiana Department of Education. We remain committed in keeping the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff as our highest priority. Based on the recent reported increase of infection related to COVID-19, Lafourche Parish School District has amended the LPSD Back to School Plan."

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The calendar for the start of school is as follows:

·Professional Development for All Teachers and Administrators: Monday, August 3 – Tuesday, August 4, 2020

·Professional Development for All Employees: Wednesday, August 5 – Thursday, August 6, 2020

·Records Day: Friday, August 7, 2020

·Phase I - Virtual Learning for ALL LPSD Students: Beginning Monday, August 10, 2020 (This decision was based on the recent reported increase of infection)

·Phase II – A/B Schedule implemented: Monday, August 24, 2020 (pending reported infection within our community)(Also, please be reminded that in Phase II, as in any Phase, students may opt for virtual learning.)

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