Jeff Davis Parish School Board votes to keep original school year start

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JENNINGS, La. (KLFY) — The Jeff Davis Parish School Board called a special meeting to talk about moving the start of the school year back past Labor Day, but after a vote, they decided to keep the original school date start.

In a meeting held at the Jennings Elementary band room, the board voted 7-2 to keep the original start date. Four members were absent from the special meeting.

Many of the school board members expressed there’s no way to know if that dates safer than after labor day.

“It’s not just, ‘Do we move the date back,’ but are we ready?'” asked Dist. 5 Member Donnie Dees.

According to the superintendent, all the supplies and training will be ready at day one. While the district is confident in its educational experience, they realize the medical arena is mostly new to them.

“We don’t have the magic answers,” said Superintendent Kirk Credeur. “We’re educators, and this whole thing is blooming or falling in the lap of the educational world.”

“In my opinion, there’s going to be a spike whenever we go,” said Dist. 7 Member Jimmy Segura.

With hospitals already strained the region, there are concerns about what an additional spike could do.

“Really, the virus is different than it was three weeks ago,” said Dist. 9 Member Charles Bruchhaus. “In our little town, you didn’t hear anybody having it, but now we have several.”

“There are a lot of grandparents that are raising kids,” said Dist. 3 Member Philip Arceneaux. “If they lose that one person, it’s going to be devastating.”

But most of council said their teachers and students are ready, so they’ll start and end the school year when they planned.

“If anybody can survive in this crazy world, and this crazy environment, and make some kind of sense for it, we can, and we will, and we’ll do the best job we can,” said Credeur. “It will not be perfect.”

School will start in Jeff Davis Parish on Aug. 17.

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