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 current stay-at-home order and statewide school closure mandate expire April 30, but he will issue a new proclamation Tuesday in conjuction with the interim state superintendent of education and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, he said.
“It is my intention now to announce that school will not resume in the sense that students are going to the school building,” he said.
He did not give details but 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.
“It is just not going to be feasible to resume the operation of our schools this academic year,” he said Monday.
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More information and guidance on what that looks like for local districts will become available Tuesday once his proclamation officially is issued, he said. While campuses will remain closed, Edwards said, “learning will continue.” He referenced distance learning and other efforts being implemented to keep students engaged from home. Gov. John Bel Edwards: Louisiana’s coronavirus trajectory ‘encouraging’
“Education will continue,” he said. “The school year continues, but they will not be going on the school campuses.” Louisiana has seen 21,016 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Monday, including 840 deaths statewide.
Round One of Stimulus Payments Headed Out
(April 10, 2020 UnitedVoice.com) – The stimulus payments promised to eligible Americans should be arriving in bank accounts very soon. Those with direct deposit on file with the IRS will be the first to see the money, which is up to $1200 per qualifying individual.
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the day-to-day life in the United States. This first run of payouts will prioritize those living on fixed incomes that come from their Social Security benefits. Also, in the first group will be those who already have their electronic banking info on file with the IRS.
The people who need paper checks will have to wait anywhere from several weeks to months while some 30 million checks are printed and mailed. Physical checks will be mailed out in waves and will be scheduled based on reported income. Those with the lowest adjusted gross income will be first, beginning April 24, per Forbes. The last wave will come in September for those who didn’t provide information to the IRS and those with the highest reported qualifiable income.
If you’re scheduled to receive a paper check, however, the government has set up a portal where you can set up a direct deposit account to shorten the waiting period.