education

Tulane University announced Friday that students will be allowed to return for in-person classes this spring, but will still be subject to regular COVID-19 testing in a continued effort to control the spread of the virus.

When New Orleans’ public schools welcomed students in PreK through fourth grade back to the classroom last month, 38 percent decided to keep learning from home. That’s created new challenges for teachers who in some cases must now teach in-person and remote students at the same time.

School administrators were optimistic that a quick pivot to online learning could rescue the start of the school year in Southwest Louisiana, where Hurricane Laura hit late last month. Now, the region’s largest district has announced that virtual learning will be optional, citing a lack of internet access.

Like many districts across the country, Calcasieu Parish and Cameron Parish will start the school year entirely online. Unlike other districts, their decision has nothing to do with COVID-19.

Schools are now required to report known and suspected cases of COVID-19 to the Louisiana Department of Health as part of an “early warning system,” according to an emergency order from State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry.

New Orleans’ youngest public school students will return to the classroom full-time starting in mid-September, the district announced late last week. Older students will continue to learn virtually until at least mid-October.

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.

Pages