Back to the Classroom

Public schools resume in Red River Parish today for children in Kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Pre-K will begin on August 16th.  Red River Head Start resumes on August 16 and 17.

The Red River School Board heard a report from Superintendent Alison Hughes that everything is prepared to welcome students back.  And she said, “We’ll have in-person learning for every student Monday through Thursday.  Friday will still be virtual for all students.”  Hughes added, “We learned last year that the safest place for a child to be is at school.”

Hughes explained that every student will be issued a Chromebook for use in the classroom and one at home.  She said that parents are being held accountable for them.  And they will be accountable for those Chromebooks that were not returned last year.

As for transportation, Hughes said, “The busses will be at 100% capacity with masks worn by students and drivers.

“Everyone will get free lunch,” said Hughes, “It will be up to the schools to choose how to serve it in a lunchroom or in the classroom.

Students might be surprised to know that teachers are learners, too, and often for a lifetime. Whether taking a college class over the summer, attending weekend professional development seminars, or pursuing a side job related to their assigned subject, teachers continue to learn.

And, with the new mandates dictated by the current worldwide health threat, teachers are learning new ways to teach, such as through virtual learning and social distancing.

Red River Schools said, “Teaching is not simply a profession; teaching is a life-time commitment. We are so grateful for our wonderful teaching staff.”

Editor’s Note:  School Busses are now making their rounds and school zones are active.  Please be aware of school traffic and drive safely.

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