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During a tour of the West Jefferson High School with coronavirus precautions it can be seen that each desk in the classroom has a grey or red sticker on the top corner in Harvey, La. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Each period, students will be asked to alternate their use of desks and to clean them off after each class. The school is scheduled to open on August 26. (Photo by Max Becherer,, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

Wildwood Elementary School in Baton Rouge has shifted to 100% virtual instruction for the next two weeks thanks to the impact of the novel coronavirus on the school.

The elementary school will return to in-person instruction on Friday, Feb. 5, said Taylor Gast, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.

The announcement mirrors a similar shift Wednesday by Dufrocq Elementary School in Baton Rouge. With a few exceptions, public schools in the Baton Rouge area have stuck with in-person instruction even amid a third surge of virus cases in Louisiana.

As with Dufrocq, families at Wildwood can continue to receive home meal delivery, but need to do so by 5 p.m. Friday, if they want to receive meal boxes for next week. The website to register is

Wildwood Elementary, located at 444 Halfway Tree Drive, has about 500 students, and according to school system records, about a quarter of them have been learning remotely already.

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