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Students hop off a school bus on Highland Road near Lee Drive, Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La.

Livingston Parish school officials are now offering parents a 100% online option for the start of the 2020-2021 school year as coronavirus case numbers continue to rise.

The district had recently released its back to school plan which included in-person schooling for pre-K to 2nd grade and a hybrid online and face-to-face model for the older students.

In a release Thursday morning, district officials said families will now be able to opt into a third online-only model if they have concerns about returning to school amid the pandemic.

"We understand that while it is our hope to return our students to their campuses and have them engage in face-to-face learning with our faculty as often as possible, this may not be a desirable goal for some of our students who have coronavirus-related health concerns for themselves or within their immediate families," Superintendent Joe Murphy said in a statement.

Those that choose the 100% virtual model must commit to online learning for a full grading period which could be nine weeks or a half-year depending on the grade level.

More information on the virtual learning plan can be found here.


Email Emma Kennedy at ekennedy@theadvocate.com.