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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)

Zachary schools plans to have all students in five days a week in-person instruction starting Sept. 21.

Superintendent Scott Devillier made the announcement Thursday afternoon, hours after Gov. John Bel Edwards said he plans to let the state move to Phase 3 coronavirus restriction.

For Zachary that means that Zachary middle and high school students will shift on Sept. 21 from partial in-person to full-time in-person instruction. In so doing, they will join elementary students who started in person on Tuesday.

Devillier said the school needs a week to get ready for the shift.

"This will allow time to make any adjustments necessary to ensure a smooth transition," Devillier said.

Devillier said he will release more details next week.

Nearly half the district’s 5,600 students are pursuing a 100% online curriculum and they can stay that way.

"Students who are 100% virtual will remain 100% virtual, with the option of returning the second semester," Devillier said.

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