Education Desk

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The Archdiocese of New Orleans has recorded 20 positive cases of COVID-19 in 16 schools, according to a statement released Wednesday. As a result, approximately 150 students, faculty and staff are in quarantine.

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An employee at Edward Hynes Charter School at the University of New Orleans has tested positive for COVID-19, charter spokesperson Cheron Brylski said in a statement.

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New Orleans students could return to the classroom after Labor Day if current data trends continue, Superintendent Henderson Lewis said at a press conference Wednesday.

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Outside of Landry-Walker High School in Algiers, a line of cars starts to form in the parking lot. From a distance, it looks like a typical back-to-school scene: parents in a drop-off loop, children buckled up in the back seat. Except no one is getting out of their cars.

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Update: Twenty-seven of Louisiana's 69 school districts have started the academic year as of Aug. 13.

The calculations districts are making on how and when to reopen schools are incredibly complicated. There’s health data to consider, like the number of positive coronavirus cases and the rate of community transmission, but school leaders are thinking about many other factors as well.