The Lafayette Parish School System has announced they will delay the start of school until after the Labor Day holiday.

According to The Advocate, the first day of school will move from August 17 to September 8. A statement from the school district says this move is "in the best interest" of all residents in Lafayette Parish.

While we remain confident in our ability to provide a safe and effective learning environment for our students, we have a responsibility to ensure that we take proper measures that support our community as a whole. We believe this decision is in the best interest of all residents of Lafayette Parish.

In the same report from The Advocate, it was noted that the Lafayette School Board approved spending up to $1.5 million to provide internet access to parents who choose the virtual learning option for their children. The plan to open in Phase two had

students attending classes in a hybrid model where students are split into A and B groups and spend two to three days in face-to-face classes with the rest spent learning at home virtually. The students are divided by home address, with odd addresses attending on A days and even addresses attending on B days.

Teachers and staff are still set to report to school on Wednesday, August 5 for training. See the full story here at The Advocate.