Late Start Scheduled For Jefferson Parish Public Schools

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Public schools in Jefferson Parish will be off to a later start than usual this year.

The Jefferson Parish School Board unanimously approved a measure Wednesday to delay the start of school by one week to give faculty and staff time to adjust to new coronavirus safety protocols.

The revised calendar, which moves the start date for students in grades one through 12 to August 12, was proposed by the administration amid uncertainty over the state's reopening during the pandemic.

PreK and kindergarten students will see their start dates pushed back to August 17 and 18.

The board's vote came after several teachers and members of the parish's teachers union implored board members to consider an all-virtual option for the start of school.

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