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St. Landry Parish School Board member Marry Ellen Donatto in a file photo from 2018.

St. Landry schools to open with online instruction

The St. Landry Parish School Board decided public schools will open Aug. 20 with online instruction in an attempt to shield students and employees from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Board voted 12-0 in a meeting conducted using Zoom with at least 100 online participants on Wednesday.
By contrast, Lafayette and Acadia parish public school will hold in-person classes when classes open. Schools stopped face-to-face sessions in March when the COVID-19 epidemic erupted in the state.

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Free COVID-19 testing extended at Cajun Filed

Free mobile COVID-19 testing at Cajun Field will be extended through today.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Louisiana Department of Health have been operating the site since July 10.
COVID-19 testing is typically held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on most days.
No ID is needed for testing, but registration is required.
Pre-registration can be completed at Under test locations, click “Louisiana” then Cajun Field (Mobile #3).

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COVID and the south Louisiana culture

As we struggle through the changes brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, I am reminded of the 1980s, when a disastrous downturn in the oil industry turned south Louisiana topsy-turvy.
We’d boasted back then that our oil and gas made Louisiana recession-proof, that we had something everyone else needed, and nothing could change that. When others complained about oil prices, we put stickers on our bumpers: “Let the [blankety-blanks] freeze in the dark.”

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LSU study seeks ideas on how to cope with crisis

LSU Department of Sociology Associate Professor Frederick Weil and more than 50 LSU students begin in-depth interviews with families and community leaders this month to source novel solutions for how to meet basic needs during an unprecedented crisis, such as the current pandemic. Their goal is to build a toolbox of ideas to help communities everywhere.


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