School opening date in East Feliciana moved back

The East Feliciana Parish School Board’s decision to return to a five-day school week will push the opening of school back by six days, according to an announcement from Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr.

Students will begin classes Monday, Aug. 12, Lewis said in a Thursday letter to parents.

The board voted 10-2 on May 7 to return to a five-day per week class schedule after seven years of operating on a Tuesday-through-Friday weekly schedule.

The opening of school for students had been set for Tuesday, Aug. 6, on the calendar approved earlier this year for the four-day school week. The board updated its calendars at its July 2 meeting.

The last day of the school year will be May 22, 2014, the same as it was on the four-day calendar.

During the board’s June meeting, a majority of members also blocked a move by Slaughter-area board member Ben Cupit to discuss allowing Slaughter Elementary School to continue on the four-day schedule.

The Slaughter Community Charter School for seventh through 10th grades will continue operating on the four-day schedule, with classes scheduled from 7:25 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

The charter school’s funding is routed through the parish School Board, but it operates independently.

Lewis said the parish’s three elementary schools will hold classes from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., while the middle school and high school will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

In another change, middle- and high-school students will be prohibited from wearing short pants to school. The board amended its dress code policy at its July 2 meeting.

The ban on short pants also extends to students assigned to the Enrichment Academy, the parish’s alternative school.