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Selected EBRPSS Schools Transition to Virtual Learning Amid Surge in COVID Cases

This morning, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System was notified of several positive COVID-19 cases at Belaire High School, McKinley Senior High Schhol and Buchanan Elementary schools. Out of an abundance of caution, the district has made the difficult decision to transition the student’s schools toremote learningeffective Jan. 7. The students will return to in-person learning on Jan. 12.

During this period of remote learning, the impacted classrooms will be closed for deep cleaning and students will receive instruction through Google Classroom. The district will continue to consult with Health Centers in Schools, the Louisiana Department of Health and other local officials for additional guidance.

“The health and safety of our staff and students always come first, and we do not make these decisions lightly. Our thoughts are with those impacted, and we encourage all staff and students to do their part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19,” stated School Superintendent Sito Narcisse, Ed. D.

The school system will continue to utilize proven mitigation efforts, including mask-wearing; deep cleaning and sanitizing of rooms; frequent handwashing; employee and staff testing; improved air-filtration systems; and other proven mitigation efforts.

We will release virtual learning transitions information daily as applicable to the parish.

Find more information, go to the EBRPSS Safe Reopening Plan on our website and the EBR Schools Facebook page (@EBRPschools).

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Due to the potential for severe inclement weather, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools campuses and offices are closed Wednesday, April 10, 2024, and all activities will be canceled.

Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.