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Safety first. That was the focal point of a Wednesday night virtual town hall where more than 300 educators, parents and community members discussed concerns about reopening schools in New Orleans as the coronavirus — which closed schools for three months in the spring — is on the rise again in Louisiana.

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The Louisiana Department of Education and the NOLA Public Schools district are ready to be released from a five-year-old federal consent judgment that requires additional and in-depth oversight of special education admissions and services at the city’s charter schools, according to independent monitors who oversee the judgment.

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A bill meant to shield schools from civil lawsuits related to COVID-19 is now on its way to Gov. John Bel Edwards for final approval, but late changes made by a conference committee raised concerns on the House floor and almost killed the legislation.

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Earlier this month, NOLA Public Schools asked parents the following question: Right now, do you plan to send your child to school if facilities open in August?

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Schools should expect some students and staff to become infected with COVID-19 this coming school year. That’s according to joint guidance released Thursday by state health and education agencies.