Aubri Juhasz

Over the last week, four additional cases of COVID-19 have been reported in New Orleans public schools, the district said Thursday as part of its weekly data release.

As New Orleans public schools continue its slow return to in-person learning, bringing middle and high school students back to the classroom starting Monday, about 40 percent of students have opted to keep learning at home, according to the district.

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.

New Orleans public schools are tracking 12 active cases of COVID-19 among students and staff, the district announced Thursday.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Monday that all city employees, herself included, will be furloughed in response to the fiscal crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Orleans will enter Phase 3 of reopening on Saturday, Oct. 3, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Thursday at a press conference.

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.

New Orleans public schools will report COVID-19 cases among students and staff at the school level and share the information with the public on a weekly basis, the district announced Thursday.

High school football teams in New Orleans can start holding full-contact practices and begin gearing up for October’s first weekend of games as long as they adhere to the city’s health and safety standards, New Orleans Health Department Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno announced Monday.

Balloons and brass bands greeted mask-clad elementary students at a dozen New Orleans public schools this week as they returned to the classroom for the first time since March.

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