The Caddo School Board heard from many parents who don't want to send their children back to school on Monday with a mask mandate. They are urging the board to make the masks optional.

Other Shreveport parents say they want the virtual learning option enrollment opened back up. The deadline to apply for virtual learning in Caddo Parish was May 28th, but many parents say the circumstances with the pandemic have changed dramatically and they don't want their children back to in-person learning with the high COVID numbers. They are urging Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree to open that enrollment back up.

During an interview on KEEL News earlier this month, Dr. Goree told us only 5% of parents have opted for virtual learning. but those numbers might be going up as the numbers of cases continues to climb. Caddo school starts on Monday and Dr. Goree has told the school board he will work with parents who might need to make a change. He says special efforts will be made for those families who have medical complications.

But he also says there will have to be an adjustment to staffing to accommodate higher numbers of students who opt for virtual learning.

No decision was made about the mask mandate. So right now, masks will be required inside all Caddo Schools. But BESE meets on Wednesday and they could adjust the statewide policies on mask mandates.

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