The only thing more important to Sabine Parish Schools than reopening our campuses, is the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We would love to fully open our campuses in our traditional manner, however we are all aware that the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year will look very different as Sabine works within the framework and protocols of the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Department of Health.
All stakeholders can rest assured that we are diligently working and planning so that our students and employees return to a safe environment. We have been planning for the reopening of schools in August since they were abruptly closed in March. We have had months of conversations, discussions, meetings, and conferences on increasing safety measures in a cautious manner while disrupting student learning as little as possible.
Each day will begin with temperature checks for all students and staff, face coverings will be worn by all persons in the building third grade and above, all bus riders regardless of grade level will wear face coverings, handwashing and proper hygiene will be encouraged and monitored, static grouping and social distancing will be emphasized, assembling of students in groups larger than 25 will not occur, and routine cleaning protocols will be increased to the fullest extent possible.
The biggest hurdle for the district will be transportation. For this reason Sabine encourages guardians who are able to transport their students to and from campus to do so to mitigate the reduced bus capacity.
For those families who do not feel comfortable allowing their students to return to campus, the district is offering the Sabine Online Academic Program which is a 100% virtual learning program taught by Louisiana state certified online educators.
There is no perfect plan, there is no perfect district, but in these uncertain times Sabine Parish Schools can confidently say that we have prepared to the greatest of our ability to work with our communities to provide the safest and strongest start possible to the 2020-2021 academic year.