Aubri Juhasz

Aubri Juhasz is the education reporter for New Orleans Public Radio. Before coming to New Orleans, she was a producer for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. She helped lead the show's technology and book coverage and reported her own feature stories, including the surge in cycling deaths in New York City and the decision by some states to offer competitive video gaming to high school students as an extracurricular activity.

She grew up on Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in English and political science from Barnard College, Columbia University.

At Dwight D. Eisenhower Charter School in Algiers, a low-slung brick building across the river from downtown New Orleans, school leaders greet students as they make their way into the building. All are masked.

In the cafeteria, a movable wall cuts the space in half, separating the students into socially distanced groups of nine. Strips of tape mark separate pathways for students and staff. Big pumps of hand sanitizer sit on each desk, and everyone, teachers and students, is wearing a mask.

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Time is running out for those living in areas in the direct path of Hurricane Laura, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.

Virtual classes will be canceled and school buildings will be closed early next week due to Hurricane Marco, NOLA Public Schools announced Sunday.

For weeks, Tulane University has been in the midst of a massive testing initiative — screening every student, staff and faculty member for COVID-19 before allowing them to return to campus for the start of classes on Aug. 19.

Five students and one employee have tested positive for COVID-19 at the University of New Orleans since Aug. 10, UNO President John Nicklow said in a campus message Thursday.

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has recorded 20 positive cases of COVID-19 in 16 schools, according to a statement released Wednesday. As a result, approximately 150 students, faculty and staff are in quarantine.

An employee at Edward Hynes Charter School at the University of New Orleans has tested positive for COVID-19, charter spokesperson Cheron Brylski said in a statement.

New Orleans students could return to the classroom after Labor Day if current data trends continue, Superintendent Henderson Lewis said at a press conference Wednesday.

Update: Twenty-seven of Louisiana's 69 school districts have started the academic year as of Aug. 13.

The calculations districts are making on how and when to reopen schools are incredibly complicated. There’s health data to consider, like the number of positive coronavirus cases and the rate of community transmission, but school leaders are thinking about many other factors as well.

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