Jefferson Parish School Board votes to delay start of school because of coronavirus concerns

The Jefferson Parish School Board voted Wednesday night to delay the start of school.

The decision came after a unanimous vote by the school board. Other districts like Terrebonne and St Tammany are also delaying schools.

The districts are citing the need for more time to prepare teachers and staff to safely reopen.

This comes after a survey conducted by the school board on coronavirus concerns.

Based on 10,305 responses, 68% of stakeholders want to push the first day of school for students back from Aug. 6 to Aug. 12, according to results released by the district.

District officials say this would provide educators with additional days before students report to implement additional safety guidelines and prepare for the start of the year.

The board also voted to make Dr. James Gray the district’s new superintendent. He has served as Chief of Schools for the parish since 2018.

This comes after Cade Brumley became the state superintendent.

Gray has served in public education for 25 years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and most recently as the Director of School Leadership for the Vermilion Parish School Board. Dr. Gray has spent 17 of his 22 years in administrative positions within two school districts. Dr. Gray has served on numerous state committees including state principal forums. He was selected as a state-wide Compass evaluation trainer and was a co-developer of the Compass Leader Rubric designed to evaluate Louisiana’s school administrators. Dr. Gray frequently presents at local, regional, and national conferences focusing on effective leadership through cultures of learning and support systems for effective instructional practices. Dr. Gray earned his bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University, master’s from Nicholls State University, and an educational doctorate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Click here to view the school’s Start Strong reopening plan.

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