St. Landry Parish School Board

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School reopening plan on the horizon

The St. Landry Parish school system’s plan for reopening its schools is expected to be released soon.
The overview of the program may have been released Friday, but is expected to be on the Board’s website at slpsb.org.
Albert Hayes Jr., a Eunice Board member, said the opening day is expected to be Aug. 17. Students had been scheduled to return to classes on Aug. 12.
The plan is likely to be for a normal return with plans that include a mix of normal and online instruction and a complete online instruction plan.

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What will school look like this fall?

St. Landry Parish public school leaders say their planning for the next school year may be a mix of virtual learning and traditional classes.
In a virtual meeting Thursday, Superintendent Patrick Jenkins said, “At this time LDE (Louisiana Department of Education) has not provided any guidance regarding fall education...”
Friday’s move to Phase 2 in the response to the coronavirus allows for facilities to operate at 50% of capacity, he noted.

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St. Landry Parish School System sets June graduation ceremony dates

The St. Landry Parish School System announced Tuesday that it has rescheduled high school graduations ceremonies to take place June 19 and 20.
“These dates are subject to change due to social distancing guidelines and the governor’s orders. Locations and times of graduations will be announced at a later date,” the announcement stated.
The decision to have traditional in-person ceremonies is contingent upon the orders of federal, state, and local governmental entities, it stated.

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Teachers greeted students at Eunice High School Wednesday with messages and waves. The students were on campus in a drive-through line to obtained their caps and gowns for a graduation ceremony that is as yet not scheduled. The students also received class rings. (Photos by Myra Miller)

Schools to remain closed

Schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Monday.
Edwards ordered schools closed on March 16.
St. Landry Parish School Superintendent Patrick Jenkins on Wednesday said a proclamation from the governor is expected to formally end traditional classes in the state for this academic year.
“School is ending in the school buildings, but not educating kids,” Jenkins said.
“We will continue to educate kids through the reminder of the school year, which is May 20th,” he said.

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St. Landry Parish School Board member Josh Boudreaux appears during a video-conference meeting Thursday with a San Francisco background. The Board met with all members and school staff attending via video-conferencing. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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An image from the School Board's video conference on Thursday.

St. Landry Parish School Board meets via video conference

The St. Landry Parish School Board met Thursday for the first time for a pair of official meetings via video conference.
The Board held a committee meeting of the whole for two hours followed by an hour-long regular meeting.
In the committee meeting, the Board once again rejected allowing Board President Donnie Perron to negotiate a new contract with Superintendent Patrick Jenkins
Board members Anthony Standberry and Myron Guillory motioned to bring the matter to the full Board, but other members blocked it in a roll call vote.

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