BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (WLOX) - Students in the Bay Waveland School District will not return to school until September, a month after they were originally set to go back.
Instead, students will return on Sept. 8. The decision came Wednesday morning during a special called school board meeting.
The district was originally set to return on Aug. 7. To read the district’s back to school plan, click HERE.
Bay Waveland School District is the first district in South Mississippi so far to push back the start of school past Labor Day.
School board members said they were not willing to risk the health of the students and their families, and many in the community are proud the board stepped up.
“I think that the district has done a really great job at trying to have an abundance of caution and keep family and teachers, as well as staff, as safe as possible. I don’t think it is necessarily an easy decision for anybody but it is a lot better than the alternative of a child or faculty member getting sick and potentially something worse happening than that,” said parent Tyler Childs.
Heather Dupuy found out through facebook Wednesday afternoon and is thankful the district made the decision to delay.
“I was actually overcome with emotions when I saw the news on facebook today. Having four kids in a pandemic, and I am considered high risk because I actually have systemic lupus, so the fact that the school is allowing more time for us to prepare, because for us personally it feels like the summer just kind of flew by and there wasn’t enough time to prepare,” said Dupuy.
While students are eager to return, some are trying to approach the delay with a positive mindset.
“I tried to put myself in the senior’s last year point of view, like graduation and that type of stuff, and knowing that they are trying to give us a senior year is so exciting,” aid upcoming Bay senior Lauren-Anne Lagasse. “They are trying to make sure that we get that first last day of school, they are trying to make sure that we get the stuff they would normally give to your senior class. I am just excited that they are taking the time to make sure that we get something we are looking forward to.”
Pearl River County School District also announced Wednesday that it would delay the start of school, pushing it back one week, while Moss Point School District made the call to start all students on virtually and then phase them back into the classroom beginning in September.
George County School District will also delay the start of school by a week and offer more virtual learning options.
Last week, Long Beach School District announced that students would be split into two groups with the groups alternating one week in school and one week doing virtual learning.
To see a list of all of the back to school plans for school districts in South Mississippi, click HERE.