When is my child's first day of school? See list of start dates in Acadiana

Leigh Guidry
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

As Louisiana and Acadiana continue to see spread of COVID-19, more schools and districts are announcing delays in opening and new dates for starting the semester.

Here's a list of start dates for students in Acadiana. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Lafayette Parish School System

The more than 40 schools in the Lafayette Parish School System plan to see students starting Sept. 8.

The plan remains to have students return in a hybrid model, alternating days on campus and remote learning from home. 

The postponement of the first day pushes students' last day of school to May 28. Some holiday breaks will be shortened to make up for the missed days, most notably around Thanksgiving and spring break.

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Lafayette Christian Academy

LCA will welcome students Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day, a delay from the previous plan of Aug. 17. All students will still attend in person five days per week.

Orientation dates have changed — Sept. 2 for pre-K-2 at 9 a.m. for last names that start with A-I and 11a.m. for last names beginning with J-Z; Sept. 3 for grades 3-6 at 9 a.m. for last names starting with A-I and 11 a.m. for last names that start with J-Z; and Sept. 4 for grades 7-12 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Parent Night will be streamed Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. on Lafayette Christian Academy's Facebook page and an email will be sent with the link to the video to parents.

Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy

Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy in Youngsville has delayed starting school until after Labor Day — Sept. 8 — still in the Phase 2 blended learning model until state mandates no longer require extensive social distancing, according to the school's reopening plan.

Teurlings Catholic High School

Teurlings is pushing its first day of school to Sept. 8 rather than Aug. 17 as planned. Orientation will be Sept. 3 for juniors and seniors and Sept. 4 for sophomores and freshmen.

The principal announced the change in an email four days after a recent graduate died from COVID-19 complications.

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St. Landry Parish School District

St. Landry Parish will start virtually after Labor Day on Sept. 8. 

This delay likely will require the district to finish the upcoming school year in either late May or early June.

Our Lady of Fatima School

Students at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School start classes Aug. 12, beginning with an A/B alternating day model until Aug. 21. Then all students return to campus together Aug. 24

St. Thomas More Catholic High School

STM pushed its first day for all students to Aug. 17. With the hybrid model the student population is split into two groups that come to campus every other day. On alternating days they have distance learning from home. Below is the new starting schedule:

Freshmen Only

  • Thursday, August 13 - A Group - 7:30 a.m. – 12:34 p.m.
  • Friday, August 14 - B Group - 7:30 a.m. – 12:34 p.m.

All Students Regular Schedule* (7:30 a.m. – 2:34 p.m.)

  • Monday, August 17 - A Group (Student last name beginning with A-K) Orientation Day activities included
  • Tuesday, August 18 - B Group (Students last name beginning with L-Z) Orientation Day activities included
  • Wednesday, August 19 - A Group Students
  • Thursday, August 20 - B Group  Students
  • Friday, August 21 - A Group Students

Carencro Catholic School

Carencro Catholic School will welcome students to campus Aug. 13.

"Here at CCS, we have every intention of beginning the school year in the building on August 13, 2020 and to keep all students safely in school every day, all year," reads the school plan.

St. Pius Elementary School

At St. Pius Elementary School parents, can choose between on-campus instruction five days a week with "Early Bird" and "Extended Care" offered, or distance learning, according to the school's Plan of Action.

Aug. 12 will be the first full day of school for all first- through eighth-grade students whose last name begins with letters A-L. Those with last names beginning with M-Z will start Aug. 13. All students will report Aug. 14.

Pre-K and kindergarten students will have "meet the teacher" sessions on those days and will have staggered first full days Aug. 17 and 18.

Carencro Catholic School

Carencro Catholic School is starting the semester Aug. 13 with all students on campus each day. A virtual option was offered for students who are sick, live with someone who is sick or whose family has COVID-19 concerns, the principal said.

The school has options for different phases of the state's reopening. Under Phases 2 and 3, they will have full, traditional school Monday through Friday on campus, following guidelines.

If Louisiana is under stay-at-home orders, students will go to full distance learning. Under Phase 1, students will be on campus daily and up to 10 are allowed in each classroom. They would have half a day in-person instruction and half a day virtual, splitting their homeroom classes.

St. Mary Early Learning Center

Students at St. Mary Early Learning Center — a pre-school for kids ages 2-4 — will return to campus every day beginning Aug.19. The school will host a "meet and greet" event the day before.

Cathedral-Carmel School

Students will return to Cathedral-Carmel School in Lafayette on Aug. 17.

They will attend class on campus Monday through Friday, but parents will have the option to choose distance learning.

Holy Cross Little Shepherds Early Learning Center

Holy Cross Little Shepherds Early Learning Center, a pre-school in Lafayette, is delaying the start of the 2020-2021 school year until after Labor Day. The first day of school will be Sept. 8. 

Registration is open. The school's "Meet and Greet" will be held the previous week, according to the school's website.

Lafayette Renaissance Charter School

Lafayette Renaissance Charter School will welcome about half of its students to campus Aug. 26, and the other half will report the next day. The school will start the year with a blended model of instruction as long as the state is in Phase 2 of COVID-19 restrictions.

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Willow Charter Academy

Similar to other schools across the state, Willow Charter Academy in north Lafayette is welcoming students to campus in a hybrid model. Students K-8 will alternate days on campus and learning from home beginning Aug. 17.

Families also can choose a fully virtual model. The school is providing all of its students with devices for remote learning.

Episcopal School of Acadiana

Episcopal School of Acadiana plans to welcome students Aug. 12 in a "normal" fashion with some modifications as long as the state remains in Phase 2 or 3, Headmaster Paul Baker wrote in an update to parents. 

Ascension Episcopal School

Ascension Episcopal School will reopen for in-person school for students in pre-K through 12th on Aug. 10 as planned, according to the school.

Because of small class sizes on three separate campuses — downtown Lafayette, River Ranch and Youngsville — Ascension Episcopal is able to adhere easily to Phase 2 guidelines from the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, administration said.

Westminster Christian Academy

Westminster Christian Academy, which has campuses in Lafayette and Opelousas, plans to start school Aug. 12, in a five-day-per-week schedule while in Phase 2 of the state reopening plan.

"Because of the size of our school, our facility layout, and the commitment of our staff, we can still have school five days per week while adhering to the mandated safety protocols for schools in phase two of state re-opening," Head of School Scott Davis wrote to parents.

First Baptist Christian School

First Baptist Christian School in Lafayette will reopen to students Aug. 17, with instruction in a traditional setting and mitigation efforts in place, according to the school.

Visitation is scheduled for Aug. 14. To limit crowding in hallways, administration asks that one parent per family attend with students during designated times.

Acadia Parish

Students in Acadia Parish public schools will start Sept. 8. Elementary students will report to campuses five days a week and remain in groups, according to the district's plan.

Middle- and high-school students will report to campus every other day and rotate Fridays. When a group is not at school, they will be engaged in distance learning using both Google Classroom and hard copies. Attendance is recorded and assignments are graded.

Vermilion Parish

Vermilion Parish public schools start for students Aug. 27. All elementary students report to school five days a week with grouping and safety protocols in place.

Vermilion Catholic High School

Vermilion Catholic students return in alternating groups Aug. 20 and 21.

Group A will attend school on campus on Mondays, Wednesdays and every other Friday. Group B will attend on Tuesdays, Thursdays and every other Friday. On days not at school, students will join the live classes remotely.

Iberia Parish 

Students in the Iberia Parish School District will start school Sept. 8. Families can choose between several models, including face-to-face and full virtual.

Evangeline Parish

The Evangeline Parish School District will welcome students Aug. 24.

Students will receive instruction at their assigned school in small groups and remain together throughout the day, according to the district's board-approved plan.

St. Martin Parish

Students will report to St. Martin Parish School District schools Sept. 8.

Elementary students will be on campus for face-to-face instruction each day, while older students will alternate days on campus and virtual learning via Google Classroom in a hybrid model, according to the district's plan.

St. Mary Parish

The St. Mary Parish School Board voted Aug. 6 to postpone the first day of school to Sept. 8 and make necessary adjustments to the academic calendar. 

According to the board, the calendar changes were based on several factors, including:

  • the importance of providing additional preparation time as teachers transition to virtual instruction.
  • the desire to share more information with parents about their role when choosing a virtual education for their children.
  • the concerns of parents about returning their children to traditional learning in the face of a COVID-19 pandemic.
  • the need to ensure that the technology to make online learning work was ready to be deployed.

Students are expected to return to school divided into two groups. One group will attend school on campus Monday/Wednesday and the second group on Tuesday/Thursday.