Education

  Trauma specialists, school counselors getting ready to help families during unusual upcoming school year

  Move-in day different for freshman students moving onto Southern University’s campus amid pandemic

SLU releases plans for students to return to campus for fall semester

  Southern Univ. welcomes incoming freshmen

  Southern University announces date for virtual graduation ceremony for spring, summer graduates

  Some Baton Rouge area Catholic schools return to face-to-face learning first week of August

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  St. Helena School District begins staggered check-in of students, virtual learning

  Crews remove Lee High signage from school

TODAY: Jefferson Parish teachers prepare to head back to school

Saturday giveaways in Baton Rouge: where to get free school supplies, PPE, food, more

  Ascension Public Schools releases guidelines, procedures for safely reopening in the fall

  Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge announces students will return to in-person learning as scheduled

  BBB back to school shopping tips: set a budget, shop smart

Back-to-school spending may reach a new record with anticipated spending in more laptops and computer accessories driving the costs.

  Jefferson Parish teachers rally against August 12 school reopening

Jefferson parish teachers rally against August 12th school re-opening due to COVID-19.

  EBRPSS launches online resource so students can be ready for virtual learning

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) has launched an online resource for families to sign up for mobile hotspots and devices to accommodate students for its all-virtual model.

  ‘This is a really challenging set of circumstances,’ says child psychologist on new school year

Child psychologist says parents and guardians should talk regularly with their kids on school year expectations prior to return, in-person or virtual.

Jeff. Parish teachers considering strike after continued concerns for safety

  School staff, state leaders working to make sure every child is fed when school year begins

Are your kids addicted to smart devices? Try a digital detox before the distance learning school year

Xavier University receives historic $20 million gift from MacKenzie Scott

  EBR schools planning to provide free meals to all students for upcoming school year

  Volunteer non-profit partners with EBR School System to help with virtual learning

Volunteer Ascension hosting school supply drive

Volunteer Ascension is hosting their annual school supply drive.

  Livingston Parish students who take virtual option will not be able to play sports

Many area school systems, including East Baton Rouge Parish, are giving parents the option to let their children learn virtually due to COVID-19 concerns.

  Together Louisiana discusses concerns about reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The debate over whether schools can reopen safely intensifies around Louisiana.

YMCA to offer distance learning childcare as new school year begins

The YMCA of the Capital Area is offering a distance learning program and childcare for students.

  Parents in EBR Parish can request tools to help with virtual learning

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) is urging parents in need of devices or an internet connection for virtual learning to complete a survey at www.ebr.technology/.

  Neurologist warns of consequences of virtual learning as parents prepare for school year

When both parents were unemployed during the spring, virtual learning with two kids under 5 didn’t seem that bad at the Walsh household.

  Recess and P.E. may look different when students return to school in the fall

Students of all ages look forward to recess during the typical school day, but this year, their break will likely look much different.

  Livingston Parish Public Schools offering ‘100% virtual learning’ option for at least one grading period

Livingston Parish Public Schools (LPSS) Superintendent Joe Murphy announced Thursday, July 23 the school system has created a “100% Virtual Option” for a full grading period for parents who are concerned about their children physically attending school due to COVID-19.

  Baton Rouge teachers hold rally in protest of returning to campus amid COVID-19 pandemic

When it comes to the concerns of many teachers, they made their feelings heard loud and clear Wednesday afternoon (July 22) at an organized rally.

Ascension, Livingston Parish public schools to stay with current reopening plans

The superintendents of public schools in both Ascension and Livingston parishes tell WAFB’s Lester Duhé they intend to stay with their previously announced reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year, as of Wednesday, July 22.

  EBR School System delays start of face-to-face learning through Labor Day; will offer all-virtual learning option

East Baton Rouge Parish School System Superintendent Leslie Brown announced the school district will delay face-to-face learning until after Labor Day and will offer an all virtual-learning option for the entire school year beginning on Aug. 10.

Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge announces plans for returning to school in fall

Schools in the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge are scheduled to reopen in early August, officials with the diocese announced Wednesday, July 22.

  Drive-thru school supply giveaway being held Saturday in Baton Rouge

Councilman for District 7, LaMont Cole, is hosting a back-to-school supply giveaway, but it will be a little different this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

  Navigating the challenges of going back to school

The date for in-person learning continues to change, but the recommendation from experts has not - get your kids ready now!

  Building mask endurance for kids, expert offers tips

Parents, if and when you send your kid back to school this fall, we know you must be trying to figure out how will you get them to wear a mask all day.

  New Orleans Public School students will not return to the classroom

Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis said it's possible in-person classes could resume after Labor Day

  SU announces plans for fall 2020 semester

Southern University has announced plans for the upcoming fall 2020 semester as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

LSU student organization seeks help to launch new mental health hotline

LSU Student leaders announced a new service that will be offered to students and is in need of licensed professionals to help get it launched.

Ascension Public Schools Superintendent moves back start date, releases reopening plan for 2020-2021 school year

Please note, the delayed start of school for students should have no impact on the district's academic calendar including scheduled holidays. Your child's school will follow-up with specific information to include what day (M- Th) your primary-age child will attend the first week of school as well

  Louisiana law students suffer as bar exam is canceled due to COVID-19

The Supreme Court decided to cancel the Louisiana bar exam due to COIVD-19 just 12 days before law students are supposed to take it.

  School board votes for Baton Rouge’s Lee High School to be renamed Liberty High School

The East Baton Rouge School Board decided on a name to rename Lee High School in Baton Rouge during a board meeting Thursday, July 16.

  EBR School System releases 2020-2021 reopening blueprint

Following extensive public engagement and feedback, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System today released a 2020-2021 Reopening Blueprint that details three learning models students and families may encounter throughout the school year, as the parish and the state navigate the evolving public hea

  Livingston Parish Schools announces reopening plan for 2020-2021 school year

Livingston Parish Public School Superintendent Joe Murphy announced today (July 16) that the district has developed three distinct reopening plans that will allow for optimal student instruction while adhering to state guidelines for each recovery phase as determined by the state.

  Parents of children with special needs face tough decisions on sending them to school during pandemic

Parents with school-aged children are currently staring down the barrel of a tough decision for this school year: send your child to class during a pandemic or keep them home and utilize virtual learning.

Teacher invests more than $500 in cleaning, supplies anticipating return to classroom

Preparation for the beginning of school is key for any teacher, but Covid 19 makes that nearly impossible for educators.

  School board to vote Thursday on renaming Lee High School

The renaming committee has three names to choose from.

  La. must flatten the curve again for high school sports to start

Though the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) says it has no plans to cancel sports seasons this fall, a string of bad weeks in the state’s fight against the coronavirus may force schools to delay or cancel some games.

Jefferson Parish School Board unanimously votes to push back the start of school amid coronavirus concerns

The board did not decide when school would start, what form that would take, or how long any of those decisions would last.

Southern University and LSU prepare students for move-in day

Universities are enforcing extra cleaning and safety measures to ensure students have an easy transition.

Teachers concerned for reopening as BESE passes Covid-19 guidelines

The union representing Louisiana teachers and employees fears opening schools too soon may be putting the lives of teachers', children and others at risk.

BESE sets minimum health, safety standards for Louisiana schools

The action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic applies to all traditional public, charter and nonpublic schools in the state

  Committee decides on final 3 options to rename Lee High School

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board’s Lee High Renaming Committee narrowed down a list of thousands of suggested names for renaming Lee High School to just three at a public meeting Monday, July 13.

School board to review new names for Lee High

Thousands of people submitted suggestions to rename Lee Magnet High.

  LSU releases plan to safely hold classes amid COVID-19 pandemic in Fall 2020

LSU has released its “Roadmap to Fall 2020″ plan, detailing how the university will safely hold classes on campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  BRCC modifies Fall 2020 plans, includes early start for Technical Education courses

A special Fall 2020 session is being held, August 3 to October 30, for several courses in the Technical Education Division.

  LSU plans to distribute one mask to every student, faculty and staff member in time for fall semester

LSU tweeted Thursday, July 9 that there’s a plan in the works to distribute one face mask to every student, as well as every faculty and staff member in time for the fall semester.

  LSU interim president ‘doing everything’ to avoid international students being deported under new ICE guidelines

New guidelines coming from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) say that international students can be deported to their own countries if their courses move mostly to online classes.

LSU says enrollment numbers strong despite pandemic

With COVID-19 cases increasing in Louisiana, many schools are now worrying about their enrollment numbers for the upcoming school year.

  West Baton Rouge Schools releases phased plan for reopening in 2020-2021 school year

Officials with West Baton Rouge Schools have released their plans for the 2020-2021 school year as the pandemic continues.

Central Community School System releases reopening plan for 2020-2021 school year

The Central Community School System has released its reopening plan for the 2020-201 school year.

East Feliciana Public Schools announces options for 2020-21 school year

East Feliciana Public Schools has adopted a plan for how education will look for the 2020-21 school year.

  EBR school leaders asking for parents to fill out survey

The superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School system released updated guidance about the system’s reopening plan for 2020-21 school year in a message sent to parents Sunday, July 5.

  Livingston Parish Public Schools releases reopening plan for 2020-2021 school year

Livingston Parish Public Schools still plans to begin school on Aug. 7.

BESE reviewing letter from Sen. Cleo Fields calling for cancelation of K-12 athletic activities

Officials with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) say they are reviewing a letter from State Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Baton Rouge) which called for all athletic activities to be canceled for K through 12 public schools through December due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Tulane students hosting large parties face expulsion, suspension

“You know I’m not happy, but it’s a smart idea,” said Tulane Senior, Henry Eckhouse.

  Livingston Parish launches virtual education option not related to COVID-19 response

Livingston Parish Public Schools has announced a new virtual program that will serve as an alternative for current home school, charter, or private students.

  Senator asks for ban on school sports through fall

A Louisiana state senator has called for all athletic activities to be cancelled for K through 12 public schools in Louisiana through December because of COVID-19.

  EBR School officials asking parents to fill out survey to help them determine best reopening plans

Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System are asking parents to fill out an online survey to help them determine the best plan to reopen in August for the 2020-2021 school year.

  EBR school board president calls for Connie Bernard to resign

"I do not make this request lightly," Gaudet said in a statement on Facebook. "Without public confidence, our job is more difficult."

  Ascension Parish School Board releases reopening plan for 2020-21 school year

Today (Thursday, July 2) Ascension Public Schools provided information to parents about school operations for the new school year through a dedicated section of its website.

SU working with Ochsner to ensure safe return to campus for students, employees

The Southern University System says it’s working with Ochsner using the hospital system’s Safe to Return Employer Solutions guidelines to ensure a healthy and safe phased returns for its students and employees.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Colleague reacts as more items revealed in Connie Bernard’s 3-hour shopping spree during board meeting

Now that records the 9News Investigators uncovered reveal EBR school board member, Connie Bernard, was in fact bargain shopping during a board meeting over the renaming of Lee High School, the school board member’s colleague says he’s disgusted, but not surprised.

  Pointe Coupee Parish school officials asking parents to decide between face-to-face or online classes

Officials with the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board say they have narrowed down their reopening options for the 2020-2021 school year.

EBR school board approves new superintendent’s contract at special meeting

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved the contract for the new superintendent at a special meeting Wednesday, July 1.

Ascension Public Schools holding public forums on school construction bond election

Ascension Public Schools is holding a series of public forums in July about the school construction bond election, scheduled for Aug. 15.

  LSU announces changes to fall semester due to COVID-19

LSU has announced some changes to its fall semester schedule due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

BRCC announces fall reopening plans

Baton Rouge Community College is introducing special changes that will allow the college to reopen during the Fall 2020 semester.

  Senate Committee on Education discusses how to safely reopen public schools in the fall

The Senate Committee on Education discussed plans Thursday night (June 25) about reopening Louisiana’s K-12 schools in the fall.