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St. Landry Parish students to return to schools

The St. Landry Parish School Board voted to send students in pre-kindergarten to fourth-grade back to school full-time and fifth through 12th grades in a hybrid schedule.
Students are also allowed the option of continuing to learn virtually.
Grades five to 12 will be hybrid, which will mean two groups alternating weekly with three days in school and two virtually.
The decision was made during a special meeting Friday over Zoom with at least 500 connections monitoring the session.

Corn maze set for October at Botanic Gardens at Burden

The LSU AgCenter will present the Corn Maze at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden in Baton Rouge on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Participants may purchase tickets for two-hour sessions at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day.
In addition to the maze, each day will feature a hayride, children’s obstacle course, pumpkin patch, farm animals, antique tractors, hay mountain climb, sunflower fields and a rock hunt to find a curious creature to take home. The event also will feature a picnic area and local food vendors.

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Teacher preparation programs and pathways offered at LouisianaTeacherPrep.com

The Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana Board of Regents and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) debuted a new website that will help soon-to-be educators choose the teacher preparation program that fits them best. Prospective educators can now visit LouisianaTeacherPrep.com to explore teacher preparation programs and pathways to become a teacher.

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State Dept. of Veterans Affairs to hold suicide prevention summit

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will host its Third Annual Suicide Prevention Summit virtually at 9 a.m. Friday.
“As a veteran, I know that we must never give up in our efforts to prevent suicide among veterans and military service members alike,” said Gov. John Bell Edwards. “The number of veteran and military suicides we are seeing nationwide — at more than 6,000 per year — is alarmingly high..”

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Free COVID-19 testing offered at LSUE thru Sept. 23

LSU Eunice, in partnership with the Louisiana National Guard, will host free COVID-19 testing on select days through Sept. 23 at the Acadian Center.
Those interested are asked to pre-register at DoINeedACovid19Test.com, however, on-site registration is available. The tests that is administered is the self-swabbing tests. No ID card or insurance is required to participate.
Testing will take place Monday through Wednesday through Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Participants are asked to enter the LSUE campus from the east parking lot along LSUE Drive.

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