Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree talks to 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the various plans being considered and the chances of schools being reopened on schedule later this summer.

Goree tells KEEL listeners, "That we're really working hard to get it down to three or four possible options and the plan will be based on what is in the best interest, from a health and safety perspective, of our children and our employees."

The Superintendent then talks about how those reopening decisions will be made. "Safety is priority number one," he says, "The safety of our employees and our children. And as we go forward with our plan, I think it's important to note that normal is no longer the normal and whatever we do, it will definitely incorporate a high level of things to prevent the spread of the virus, things to encourage hand washing, use of sanitizers, things to discourage large crowds until we have a vaccine for this virus."

Goree also addresses the guidelines released late last week by the Center for Disease Control. "Any CDC information that we've received to date is only a recommendation," he says, referring to the proposals calling for extreme limiting of student numbers in classrooms and on buses, "We will continue to work with the Louisiana Department of Education, as well as the Louisiana Department of Health to determine what that looks like in our state. I think we can see...that not all states are addressing this pandemic in the same way. I do think that in coming weeks we are going to get more specific from our leadership as to what that looks like in our parish."