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UL Lafayette summer 2020 commencement caps historic academic, pandemic year

Fireworks capped the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Summer 2020 Commencement Friday at Cajun Field, a historic ceremony that was held outside because of bans on large gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UL Lafayette’s 320 total Summer 2020 graduates also capped a historic 2019-2020 academic year. They are among the most graduates in one academic year in school history.
During 2019-2020, a total of 3,610 students earned degrees. A University record 636 master’s degrees were conferred – and the records don’t stop there.

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Tom Purcell

The longer we’re isolated, the less productive we get

COVID-19 is getting old — particularly for employees who’ve been working from home for months.
That’s the finding of a Wall Street Journal article, “Companies Start to Think Remote Work Isn’t So Great After All.”
Early on, when millions stopped commuting and started working from home, many companies saw good results. Work was getting done. Most employees enjoyed it. Companies saw an opportunity to reduce future office overhead costs by making remote work part of their long-term strategy.
But that was before cracks began to emerge in the work-from-home model.

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Free COVID-19 testing to end soon

Free COVID-19 testing at sites sponsored by the federal government will end next week. Testing is available at Cajun Field at the University of Louisiana, the Lake Charles Civic Center and the Rapides Parish Exhibition Center in Alexandria. These sites are supported locally by the Louisiana National Guard and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH).

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Eunice High School held its 2020-21 school year registration on campus on Monday through Wednesday. Masks were worn by students, parents and faculty members. The front door entrance at Eunice High had a temperature check. Principal Mitch Fontenot said, “It appears that everything, registration, is going smoothly. Students are following the registration process.” Eunice High English IV teacher Suzanne Synborski, left, talks with Abram Ablang, a senior. In back of Synborski is Gabriel Bear, a senior at Eunice High. (Photo by Myra Miller)

St. Landry Parish school opening moved to Sept. 8

St. Landry Parish public schools will open on Sept. 8 as the school system adjusts to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The opening date was approved by a unanimous vote during a special School Board meeting Monday.
Schools originally were scheduled to open on Aug. 12.
In July, the Board voted unanimously to open school virtually on Aug. 20 to shield students and employees from the virus surging in the state.
Monday’s meeting was held over Zoom with a maximum audience of 300. About 40 minutes of the three hour meeting included a reading of comments from the public.

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State supplying protective gear, million masks to schools

The Louisiana Department of Education is partnering with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (GOHSEP) and parish emergency management directors to ensure students and educators have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to begin the new school year. GOHSEP is providing school systems, non-public schools and early childhood centers with PPE, including a combined one million masks.


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