Superintendent Brumley hopes state ready for Phase 3


State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley says school systems are anxiously awaiting the Governor’s expected announcement on a possible move to Phase Three, an announcement that seems likely to be made Tuesday.

Brumley says Phase Three would mean systems in lower transmission areas could start considering more in-person education due to larger class size allowances.

“We have about 86 percent of systems right now that are in a hybrid model and so far we have had about 55 of our school systems out of roughly 70 that have had a first day of school,” says Brumley.

Due to Hurricane Laura, only about 40 school districts were in operation as of Friday.

Brumley says they’ve been making due so far with hybrid education due to the influx of funding from the state and feds, but it doesn’t work for every student.

“Three out of every four, about 75 percent of our kids have a mobile device for whether that is a Chromebook or a laptop, plus an internet connection,” says Brumley.

Brumley says there’s been good compliance when it comes to school or class shutdowns and quarantine orders linked to outbreaks. Another area of high compliance? Face masks.

“This has not been an issue really at all and I think that is in part due to the education that has been provided community-wide about the importance of face coverings,” says Brumley.