The Lafayette Parish School System has announced that schools will begin the transition into Phase 3 of reopening over the next two months.
Schools currently remain under Phase 2 guidelines, but a staggered timeline has been laid out for students in grades 6-12 to begin returning to full-time attendance.
“Although LPSS remains in Phase 2, we will begin a mindful and strategic approach to transition to Phase 3. This decision was not made lightly. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and, if needed, make changes when and where necessary to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Please be aware this transition timeline is subject to change.” – LPSS Superintendent Trosclair
The transition will begin in November. View the timeline below:
Students will return to campus in groupings rather than all at once to allow school staff to better manage the influx of students and make necessary adjustments to protocols and procedures on campus to ensure a safe learning environment for all. Schools will continue to promote social distancing to the greatest extent possible and to maintain its ongoing health and safety protocols. This includes all current mitigation efforts, including wearing face masks, practicing social distancing, heightened hand hygiene, increased cleaning and disinfection and keeping children home when they are sick.
LPSS will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 levels in the community, and if circumstances change and it is deemed necessary, the district may return to an earlier phase of blended learning. As always, LPSS will make these decisions in the best interests of our school system and our families.
Middle and high school students will begin returning to campuses on a staggered schedule beginning November 9, the beginning of the second nine-week grading period. Bell schedules and arrival/dismissal times will remain the same. PreK-5 will continue to attend in-person as before.
Students attending Lafayette Online Academy have been contacted regarding the option to return to classroom instruction during this phase change.