Iberville Parish School Board reinstates hybrid learning as precaution

Staff Report

A rise in the number of coronavirus and a modified Phase II mitigation order have prompted the Iberville Parish School to reinstate hybrid learning for a portion of the student body.

Students in grades 7-12 began hybrid learning Monday in schools across the parish, Superintendent Dr. Arthur Joffrion said Monday.

Iberville Parish School Superintendent Dr. Arthur Joffrion

“We’ve done this strictly out of an abundance of caution,” he said. “This past week, we were still dealing with people who tested positive or were on quarantine prior to the week of Thanksgiving, and we felt that it was the proper step to take.”

Students from grades pre-K to 6th will remain in face-to-face classes five days a week.

The districtwide totals for the week of Nov. 23-Dec. 4 showed 26 positive cases among employees and 22 within the student body.

Those totals show a spike from the tally of one employee and eight students testing COVID positive the week before the Thanksgiving break.

“One case is one case too many, and that’s the approach we take because we know we don’t live in a bubble,” Joffrion said. “We do everything we can to mitigate the spread. Masks, handwashing and sanitation make the biggest difference and we’re committed to doing those things.

“It was a tough decision, but we look at numbers every day, and it would help to project and keep people safe as possible,” he said. “We had gone ahead to function in phase 3, and we did that last week, but we felt like we needed to take extra precautions.”

The hybrid classes will continue until the Christmas break.