Gov. Edwards says he's likely to call an end to 2019-2020 sc

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said today there is a good chance the school year has ended -- the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents has asked the governor to go ahead and cancel the rest of the school year. 

"There's a really good chance that I'm going to quickly do what they're asking me to do," said Edwards "I'm not trying to keep people in suspense, I suspect that that order is coming very quickly."

Edwards says he will be meeting with members of the education board before making it official.

Once the decision is made, BESE, local school leaders, and others will have to figure out how to handle student advancement for the next school year.

While many schools have turned to "distance learning," using web-based video conferencing and other methods to try and keep the education process going, it has been challenging for some schools where families don't have the same access to technology, or access to broadband Internet service.

Summer school, assuming the pandemic eases enough to bring children back into a classroom during summer months, has been suggested. Starting the 2020-2021 school year early is another idea that has been mentioned.