Northshore schools delay start until September

The St. Tammany Parish Public School System has decided to wait before starting the 2020-2021 school year until after Labor Day.

"Students will now begin their school year September 8-11," officials announced on their website.

One quarter of the students will go each day for the first four days for what the system calls "Safe Start Days." 

Starting the following week, half of the students will go to schools every other day based on the first letter of their last name.  

"On September 14, students will begin their regular school schedule."

Half will go Monday and Wednesday.  The other half will go Tuesday and Thursday.  The groups will alternate on Fridays.

"The School Board directed us last week to coordinate with the St. Tammany Federation of Teachers and School Employees to adjust the calendar to delay the start of school to after Labor Day," Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia said. "The determination if we start school with in-person, hybrid or distance learning will be determined by the phase the state is in when school starts in September."