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State superintendent visits Bossier Rotary to talk loss of learning, latest COVID surge in schools

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley spoke at the Rotary Club of Bossier City...
State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley spoke at the Rotary Club of Bossier City Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.(KSLA)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 2:47 PM CST
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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - On Thursday, Jan. 13, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley spoke at the Rotary Club of Bossier City’s meeting.

He spoke about some of his goals for 2022 and answered questions from the audience about loss of learning, the latest surge in COVID-19 cases, and more.

Brumley said as COVID cases rise, the same question comes up of whether kids should go to school in person or do it virtually.

However, he said he trusts school leaders to decide on what’s best for their area.

“I think those system leaders working with their boards and with the medical communities and parents, they need to make decisions in the best interest of their local communities. Our leaders have a couple of years now in understanding how to manage COVID mitigation and they need to make decisions that are best needs of kids,” said Brumley.

Early today, Governor John Bel Edwards said during the week of Jan. 2, 92 kids were admitted to the hospital. That’s higher than we saw during the delta variant surge.

“The CDC is reporting a record number of children hospitalized across the nation right now with covid and we are certainly seeing that increase in children in Louisiana and that includes 0 to 4 year old as well,” he said.

Brumley believes remote learning should be the last resort.

“Academically over the last two years, we saw about a five percent decrease in our proficiency rate and our children, and that’s just academically.”

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