Bossier Schools have released details on the coming school year.

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Superintendent Mitch Downey says health and safety are the top priorities as students and staff return to the classrooms on August 12th. Downey says

masks for grades 3-12. Daily temperature checks will also be a part of the new protocol.

Bossier STRONG Start 2020 is the culmination of months of planning with local and state education leaders and medical experts. Bossier Schools has also listened to input from parents and teachers to find out what they need to get back to class.

You can click here to see the full plan.

Downey says

I know our parents are both eager and anxious about what school will look like when children return amid the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a father, grandfather and educator, nothing is more important to me than providing a safe environment for our students’ and employees’ return. Let me assure you months of conversations, increased safety measures and cautious, methodical and intentional planning underscore everything we have done to prepare for August 12th.

Downey says until Louisiana enters Phase 3, daily instruction will be provided for our youngest learners in PreK-5th, whose parents depend the most on schools being open for child care. Students in 6th-12th grades will be on an A/B schedule, alternating days between face-to-face instruction and remote learning. A full-time virtual option will also be available at every grade level for families that do not feel comfortable with their children returning to the classroom and prefer they learn from home.

Students will be checked for their temperature every morning and all students will wash their hands regularly. Static grouping and/or social distancing will be emphasized and cleaning and disinfection protocols will be stepped up to the fullest extent possible.

Downey adds:

Transportation will continue to be provided for all students, although it poses a big challenge. The district encourages parents who are able to transport their child to and from school in an effort to mitigate reduced bus capacity. While there is no perfect plan for the imperfect times and challenges we are navigating, Bossier Schools is confident that with your partnership we will start strong and your children will thrive. That is because together, we are Bossier Strong!