Calcasieu Parish School Board sending in-person students back to five days a week

By Lindsey Thompson | November 11, 2020, at 9:49 AM CST – Updated November 11 at 9:49 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) – The Calcasieu Parish School Board voted to send all in-person students back to five days a week. That’s a change to the previous alternating schedule for 7th through 12th-grade students put in place due to COVID concerns.

The plan to return Calcasieu students to five days a week in person was passed with 13 yes votes and one abstains, voting to bring kids back on November 30th.

Several other school districts in Louisiana have already returned to four or five days a week for in-person students.

According to Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus, there have been about 250 employees and 500 students quarantined, either due to a positive COVID test or direct contact, since Hurricane Delta.

Dr. Jay Marque, with Lake Charles Urgent Care, says he is concerned this move might cause further Coronavirus spread.

“My concern is that with the positivity rate now so high, I have the concern that they won’t stay open for long,” Dr. Marque said. “We know right now there’s a high percentage of positive COVID cases in the area. I’d like to see it closer to 5 percent to 10 percent before we start talking about putting kids back in school every day. I think the school district’s doing everything they can. I’m very sympathetic, and I’m really happy to have my son back in school, but I definitely think there’s a limit on how many people you can put into a facility without seeing a rapid spread in cases.”

There was some disagreement within the school board about when students should return to a regular five-day schedule.