In A Flash

Omicron COVID-19 leads schools around Louisiana to go virtual

By: - January 10, 2022 5:24 pm

Students are using their laptops to do schoolwork. (Getty Images)

Following reports of several positive COVID-19 cases among students, elementary and high schools in Baton Rouge and New Orleans have moved to virtual learning.

Starting Tuesday, Audubon, Bernard Terrace and LaSalle elementary schools in Baton Rouge will move to virtual learning until Jan. 18. During that period, the impacted classrooms will be closed for deep cleaning, according to a school system press release.


Other Baton Rouge schools that have moved to remote learning include Belaire High School, McKinley Senior High School, Collegiate Baton Rouge, Kenilworth Science and Technology Center, Democracy Prep, and Buchanan Elementary and Magnolia Woods Elementary according to The Advocate


Three schools in the Acadiana area have also switched to virtual learning.

In New Orleans, The Times-Picayune reports two charter schools in Algiers have moved classes online. 

The transition to online learning comes as Louisiana faces another COVID-19 surge from the fast-spreading omicron variant. The state set a new single-day record with 14,077 new COVID-19 cases reported last week, and state health officials said they have seen no signs the virus is slowing down.

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is a former Louisiana Illuminator reporter. Prior to working with the Illuminator, Canicosa worked for Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon. Canicosa earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.