Plaquemines Parish plan for reopening schools

The Plaquemines Parish School District releases their plan to safely reopen public and non-public schools in Plaquemines parish.

Students are set to return to school in the parish on August 17, for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. The school board says schools will adhere to strict health screenings, sanitation procedures and social distancing.

Schools in the parish will implement student and teacher self-screening procedures. Parents are to check their child for COVID-19 symptoms such as fever of 100 degrees or higher, a cough, shortness of breath, chest pain.

Below is the staged reopening schedule for Plaquemine Parish schools under the state’s Phase 2 restrictions.

Using the Phase 2 LDOE guidelines, the school system would only be able to physically accommodate half of our students on campuses on any given day. Therefore, the Superintendent with the support of the Plaquemines Parish School Board has planned for student re-entry to schools by stages.

Stage 1 Planning

Goal: To have as many students in a brick and mortar setting while assuring the school building capacity provides ample spacing for social distancing.

In this stage of Phase 2, Phoenix High School (PXHS), Boothville-Venice Elementary School (BVES), Belle Chasse Primary School (BCPS), Belle Chasse Elementary School (BCES), South Plaquemines Elementary School (SPES), and South Plaquemines High School (SPHS) campuses will be open for all students five days a week. Belle Chasse Middle School (BCMS) 5th and 6th grade will report to the BCMS campus five days a week.

BCMS 7th and 8th grade students and Belle Chasse High School (BCHS) 9th – 12th grade will be virtual. Belle Chasse High School campus will be a virtual resource center for all 7th – 12th grade students. BCMS 7th and 8th grade teachers and BCHS teachers will be available for student meetings by appointment Monday – Friday by appointment. To accomplish this, each of our schools will be modifying our practices to include daily temperature checks, masks for all students in grades 3 and above, amended cafeteria operations, and additional enhanced safety protocols.

Stage 2 Planning

Goal: To evaluate the student capacity and bus routing in the more populated Belle Chasse area as to bring as many students to a brick and mortar setting while assuring ample spacing for social distancing.

BCMS 7th and 8th grade will report to the BCHS campus on alternating days. BCHS students will use a hybrid model for learning in which all LEAP 2025 courses will be conducted two days a week in face-to-face. Several additional courses will be conducted face-to-face on Fridays based upon need.

Modified School Times

BCES and BCMS 5th and 6th grade – 7:15-1:15

BCHS and BCMS 7th and 8th grade – 8:00-2:00

BCPS – 8:45-2:45

BVES and SPES – 8:15 – 2:15

SPHS – 7:00-1:35

PXHS – 7:40 – 1:45

Student Teacher Health Screening

A student of teacher who tests positive for COVID-19 cannot return to campus until all of the following four criteria have been met:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) without symptoms (no fever without fever-reducing medications)
  • Improved respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, etc.)
  • A minimum of 10 days has passed since first presenting symptoms.
  • A medical release to return to work or school.

If a student/employee has symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 and has not been tested for COVID-19, the student/employee should assume that he or she has COVID-19 and should not return to school until all FOUR of the above criteria have been met. Individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 may return to school/work when the following criteria have been met:

  • Fourteen (14) full days of quarantine at home after the last day of exposure with no subsequent symptoms during that time
  • If symptoms develop during the quarantine period, follow the four above criteria


In alignment with the Governor, LHSAA, and the NFHS, the Plaquemines Parish School Board will use a phased approach to resuming athletics on campus, which aligns with the LHSAA, NFHS and Governor John Bel Edward’s Phase 2 restrictions.

During Phase 2, athletic groups are limited to 25 people this includes coaches. Student athletes and coaches are required to do a health screening of students 30 minutes before the start of a school athletic event.

You can read the school board’s detailed plan by clicking here.