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Vernon Parish schools now delay opening until August 31

Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 11:03 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2020 at 6:36 PM CDT
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VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB) - The Vernon Parish School Board is delaying the start of schools.

The school board decided Tuesday morning to delay the start of Vernon schools until August 31. It’s the second time they’ve pushed back the start date.

School was originally set to start on August 10, then it was moved back until August 17. Now it will be delayed for another two weeks.

The school board says this will give them more time to prepare. Board members also pointed out that the state could be in phase three by Aug. 31, which means all students would be allowed to come back to school for face to face classes.

“Everybody has an idea of what needs to be done,” James Williams, the superintendent of the Vernon Parish School Board, said. “But for me and this board, we have to determine what’s best for 8,000 students and 600 something employees. That’s our number one concern.”

Underneath the new plan, the last day of school will be May 28.

Click HERE for to watch the full meeting.

“With the continuing increase of COVID cases in the Parish and the three-week extension of phase 2 restrictions by the governor, we feel like we need to make another adjustment to the opening day of school,” said Superintendent James Williams. “We are very concerned with the health and safety of our students, parents, faculty, and staff members. We believe that a two-week delay for opening school will be the most beneficial and safest option for our stakeholders. The Vernon Parish School Board voted, today, to extend the start date of the 2020-21 School year to August 31st. By delaying the start of school, we feel that we can be better prepared and have a safer environment for everyone involved. We appreciate your continued support and patience as we follow all of the safe operating procedures that are prescribed, to protect our students, faculty, and staff. The Vernon Parish School Board Members, Faculty, and Staff will continue to work diligently to keep our school family safe.”

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