Acadia Parish School Board moves start date back to Sept. 8

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CROWLEY, La. (KLFY) — The Acadia Parish School Board has officially moved the start date of the 2020-21 school year back from Aug. 17 to Sept. 8. The board met in a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss the matter.

Superintendent Scott Richard said, “Safety has to be our priority.”

The Acadia Parish School District has been in discussion with the office of public health and also looking to surrounding parishes, the percent positivity and hospital capacity to inform its decision.

“We know that when school starts, we’re bringing people back into congregant settings,” admitted Richard. “As to the best of our abilities to keep things safe with all the various safety precautions in place. We just feel that giving it an extra couple weeks would put us in a better place.”

The move from August 17 to September 8 will also affect 30% of the students who have applied for entirely online learning. Though all the supplies for virtual learning are in, Richard explained the district would use the extra time to prepare, train, and rehearse safety protocols. It will also help in shoring up more personal protective equipment for the semester.

“Hopefully time takes a factor in reducing the positivity rate of coronavirus in Acadia Parish,” wished Richard. “The more we can do even if it means adjusting our calendar slightly, we feel like that puts everyone in a better place to start school.”

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