Students will not return to school buildings this academic year.

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Students will not be going back to schools in Louisiana this academic year, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in his Monday afternoon briefing on the COVID-19 health emergency.

His  stay-at-home order and statewide school closure mandate expire April 30, but he will issue a new proclamation Tuesday along with with the interim state superintendent of education and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).

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“It is my intention now to announce that school will not resume in the sense that students are going to the school building,” Edwards said.”It is just not going to be feasible to resume the operation of our schools this academic year.”

He said students and faculty would not be able to return to campuses before the end of the academic calendar, which tends to fall around May 20, however no details were provided.