Governor Edwards expects campuses of K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, to reopen in August. Edwards says the latest COVID-19 metrics concerning young people is concerning as to how that will impact heading back to school.

“When you see more young people testing positive, obviously that gives you some pause, but at the end of the day, I believe that we are going to be able to open and do so safely,” said Edwards.

Edwards made the statement during his announcement of the 28-day extension of the Phase Two reopening.

Edwards says the school experience will likely look much different, adding students will not have as much intermingling with those not in their classroom.

“They may be eating their lunch in their classroom and not having school assemblies,” said Edwards.

Edwards says formulating the model for what the school will look like on the first day of class will largely be dependent upon what the circumstances are at that time.

“It is impossible to sit here today and know what the situation is going to be like on the 10th of August or the 15th of August, so you have to have a range of possibilities that you plan for and contingencies,” said Edwards.

Thursday night at 6:00 p.m., Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley will tell the Senate Education Committee his plan for reopening K-12 schools.