Carolyn Roy | News Editor
COVID-19 remains an important topic in Natchitoches Parish Schools. “This is all we do all day, every day—-COVID,” Supt. of Schools Dr. Grant Eloi said at the committee meeting Tuesday. But he had good news at the regular meeting Thursday. The number of COVID-19 cases is down 50 percent, parish schools have a .57 percent positive rate and 2 percent quarantine rate. The system’s number of COVID-19 cases is in line with those in other districts.
The Natchitoches Parish School Board website releases the number of cases for students and teachers on Fridays. Eloi said there will be a vaccine for students 12 and under within the next 4-6 weeks. He will apply for the vaccine this month. There are a larger number of quarantine cases at the elementary schools because high school students are better at social distancing. There are 185 virtual students who chose to stay home because of COVID-19.
Once a student begins virtual instruction and has problems, they are put into a tiered system. When they exhaust the tiers, they are returned to face-to-face classes. Virtual is available for students in grades K-12 but cannot be used for dual enrollment classes. The local school system will receive over $20 million to support its COVID-19 problems.
Part of that money will be spent on social and emotional needs of students and staff. The board will discuss in October Eloi’s plan for possibly putting counselors in schools to deal only with COVID-19 issues.