Opening day of school smooth after extra week of preparation

Staff Report

One week made an enormous difference in the start of a pandemic-era school year in Iberville Parish public schools, Superintendent Arthur Joffrion said Monday.

Crescent Elementary School principal Gina LoBue takes a student’ temperature at the start of the school Tuesday.  Also shown is school counselor Claudia Bourgeois.

Schools were set to open Aug.10, but concerns from faculty about the protocol prompted Joffrion to hold off one week to open campuses.

An extra week to fine-tune safety protocols and address the litany of preventative measures helped school personnel head into opening day Monday very smoothly.

“I think the extra week supported our school leadership and all of our employees to wrap their head around the protocol and understand the importance of how everything would work,” he said. “What we saw today was evidence of extreme amount of planning and preparation.”

The extra effort for the employees and administrations helped engineer the smooth start, Joffrion said.

“Even on a normal basis, the opening of schools is a complex operation,” he said. “Starting a school year in the middle of a pandemic certainly adds a lot more to the situation in terms of intricacy, detail and preparedness.”

He credited school principals and directors for leading their faculties the right direction on opening day.

“Our school principals and directors did an outstanding job working with their staff to make sure everything happened smoothly,” Joffrion said.

“Everything from temperature checks to social distancing, floor decals, remote-learning logging in, to the virtual learning academy school food service, serving of breakfast, servicing of lunch … all went extremely well.”