Back To School

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New Orleans public schools will report COVID-19 cases among students and staff at the school level and share the information with the public on a weekly basis, the district announced Thursday.

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School administrators were optimistic that a quick pivot to online learning could rescue the start of the school year in Southwest Louisiana, where Hurricane Laura hit late last month. Now, the region’s largest district has announced that virtual learning will be optional, citing a lack of internet access.

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Balloons and brass bands greeted mask-clad elementary students at a dozen New Orleans public schools this week as they returned to the classroom for the first time since March.

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Public school buildings will reopen Wednesday after Hurricane Sally’s track shifted east Monday night. Students will resume distance learning and meal distribution will be available at participating schools, the district said in a statement released Tuesday morning.

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Schools are now required to report known and suspected cases of COVID-19 to the Louisiana Department of Health as part of an “early warning system,” according to an emergency order from State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry.

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