K-12

State officials link only 10 cases of COVID-19 to summer camps

BY: - August 4, 2020

If your child attended in-person summer camp and successfully managed to avoid an infection from the new coronavirus, that doesn’t necessarily mean that streak will hold true for in-person instruction. Summer-camp administrators say they were able to establish safety protocols for their campers that principals and teachers might find difficult to do.  Even so, there […]

Louisiana ranked next to last in quality of its schools

BY: - July 28, 2020

When measured against the other states and Washington, D.C., Louisiana’s school systems rank 50 out of 51 in the quality, according to WalletHub, a personal finance website based in the nation’s capital. “Unlike other research that focuses primarily on academic outcomes or school finance, WalletHub’s analysis takes a more comprehensive approach,” said Adam McCann, WalletHub […]

Teachers hold protest in front of Baton Rouge school district office

BY: - July 22, 2020

Teachers protested the reopening of schools in front of the East Baton Rouge Parish School District Office on Wednesday. Educators and concerned parents and students gathered wearing masks and red attire. Protesters held up signs that read “I can’t teach Algebra 2 from my grave,” and “Educators essential but not expendable!” “Now is not the […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards extends coronavirus restrictions

BY: - July 22, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards will extend the state’s current coronavirus restrictions — including its face covering mandate, 50-person gathering cap and bar closures — for an additional two weeks Friday. The limitations, commonly referred to as “Phase 2”, will now go until Aug. 7, the day after Louisiana’s public school students are scheduled to resume […]

New Orleans Public Schools will begin fully online

BY: - July 21, 2020

New Orleans Public Schools will begin the fall semester fully online and won’t allow in-person instruction before September, the school district announced Tuesday. “We are making this shift because we’re listening to the advice of medical experts,” Superintendent Henderson Lewis said in a news conference. “We’re committed to helping New Orleans get back on track […]

Bill extends statute of limitations on child sex abuse

Child advocates warned of a surge in abuse cases, but there’s no evidence that’s happened

BY: - July 16, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has seen a nearly 50 percent decline in the number of hotline reports of suspected child abuse and neglect since March. While some have warned that school closures related to the novel coronavirus would cause a spike in the number of children being abused, experts say […]

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State plans to supply schools with cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment

BY: - July 14, 2020

Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley told the Louisiana House Education Committee Monday that in addition to creating health and safety guidelines for reopening schools that the Louisiana Department of Education has also added information about supplying schools with cleaning supplies and how they should use them. School employees must be provided adequate access to hygienic […]

BESE meets Tuesday afternoon to discuss new COVID-19 guidelines

BY: - July 13, 2020

The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 14 to create emergency rules and guidelines that “provide minimum standards, policies, medical exceptions and regulations to govern the reopening of the schools for the 2020 school year,” said BESE President Sandy Holloway.” The meeting is being held […]

Conflicting opinions about reopening schools in Louisiana and the U.S.

BY: - July 10, 2020

Across the United States, only 20 percent of parents with school-age children feel comfortable sending their children back to school in August or September, according to Echelon Insights, a polling firm that surveyed 500 parents a week between April 27 and June 18.  The results of that poll and an analysis of it were published […]

Louisiana Key Academy welcomes students back to in-person instruction

BY: - July 9, 2020

While many Louisiana schools and school districts are still figuring out if they’ll have in-person instruction, online instruction or a mix of the two in August, Louisiana Key Academy, a Baton Rouge charter school, is scheduled to start in-person instruction for its students today, July 9.  Created as a campus to focus on the needs […]

Education department’s reopening rules may be hard for students to follow

BY: - July 2, 2020

Ashley Collins is a bit worried about her six-year-old son, Austin, going back to school in the fall. Austin is about to start 1st grade at J.C. Ellis Elementary School in Metairie, but with the recent upsurge in COVID-19 cases in Louisiana and especially Jefferson Parish, Collins just hopes her son’s school operates with an […]

Louisiana students can expect a test as soon as they return

BY: - July 1, 2020

While four months without school may sound like every elementary school student’s dream, it also means that those students will likely have fallen behind academically to some degree. Because of that expected learning loss, Louisiana State Superintendent Cade Brumley said in a Tuesday interview that the Louisiana Department of Education plans to use universal screeners […]