Education Desk

Aubri Juhasz / WWNO

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.

Aubri Juhasz / WWNO

Jefferson Parish public schools will postpone the start of the school year until rapid coronavirus testing is available for all symptomatic employees, the district announced Monday. Several teachers tested positive for the virus after returning to their classrooms last week.

Aubri Juhasz / WWNO

When Gov. John Bel Edwards closed schools last March, educators were wholly unprepared to transition to online learning. Many students lacked computer and internet access, forcing schools to rely on printed packets focused on core subjects such as math and reading.

Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

New Orleans Public Schools will likely face budget shortfalls in the coming years due to COVID-19, but for now schools won’t see any significant changes in spending.

NOLA Public Schools

The Orleans Parish School Board passed a resolution Thursday urging schools to allow their employees to work from home, following reports that some charter operators are requiring teachers to work from their classrooms even while students are learning remotely.