Gov. Edwards expected to close schools


Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Monday, Apr. 13 that he expects to be issuing an executive order to keep all K-12 public schools closed in the state through the end of this current school year.

Gov. Edwards clarified that “education will still continue” via distance learning.

For most schools, the current school year ends in May. Gov. Edwards said it is not feasible for school to resume like normal during the current school year.

More information will be released before Friday, according to Edwards’ office. A press conference will be held with members from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the state’s Department of Education to answer questions.

The governor initially shut down schools on March 16 as a way to curb the spread of coronavirus. The order was set to expire on Thursday, Apr. 30.

A majority of Louisiana public school superintendents Wednesday, Apr. 8 asked Edwards to extend his school closure order through the end of the academic year.