SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Caddo school district has released its Strong Start 2.0 plans for the upcoming school year as the coronavirus pandemic continues with a fourth surge.

District administrators presented the plans Tuesday afternoon to the school board. Like most districts, Caddo’s plan aligns with the latest guidance from Louisiana Department of Education and Louisiana Department of Health guidance.

In alignment with state mandates as well as protocols from the CDC, all students and staff regardless of vaccination status will be required to wear masks when inside a school or district site or when riding a school bus.

The instruction plan calls for instruction five days a week for all students, with a focus on in-person learning and technology integration in district classrooms.

“Caddo Schools strives to safely return students to the physical schoolhouse, but leadership recognizes this is only possible when done in a safe and well-informed manner. The district’s plan accounts for Louisiana’s current state in the pandemic. It also is built to ensure the district can rapidly pivot, if necessary, in response to health and safety guidance,” reads a statement on the district’s website where the full plan and presentation were published Tuesday.

The plan also includes “strengthened mental health supports for students and staff, and the district says it “will emphasize static grouping but ensure students will receive all educational services.

Caddo Parish Schools are set to begin on August 23.

Tuesday’s release of “Strong Start 2.0” comes one day after Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the reinstatement of a statewide mask order for everyone five and older in Louisiana, including in the state’s public schools.

Classes for students in Bossier Parish public schools start on August 12.