The Bossier Parish School Board voted to move the start of the school year back to August 20th. The vote came during a special session of the school board tonight.

Bossier Parish Superintendent Mitch Downey asked the School Board for the delay, which he says will allow the school to further train teachers and support staff for COVID guidelines as well as virtual learning training. The extra time will also be used to help "provide a cushion" to the state to possibly get to Phase 3, according to Downey. If the state can get to Phase 3 of reopening, it will help with transportation for students. The Board also stated that the extra time would give parents more time to weigh available options.

Below is what the revised schedule for the school year would look like:

  • August 14 – First day for teachers
  • August 20 – First day for students in grades 1st-5th
  • August 20 – First day for 6th-12th grades in Group ‘A’ (last names start with A-K)
  • August 21 — First day for students in grades 6-12 in Group ‘B’ (last names start with L-Z)
  • August 27 – First full day for Kindergarten
  • September 3 – First full day for Pre-K
  • No holidays would be impacted, with the exception that students would return from Christmas break Monday, January 4, 2021
  • The first semester would end January 15th
  • Students’ and teachers’ last day would be May 27

The board only voted on this measure at their special session today. The entire meeting took less than 10 minutes, you can see it here: