Jefferson Parish president responds to Wednesday night’s school board meeting

Jefferson Parish press conference - 8/6/20

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng responded to an emotional Jefferson Parish School Board meeting Wednesday night about the start of school during the pandemic.

Lee Sheng says she met with school board officials and asked for a three-week delay to the start of school due to COVID-19.

But she says she does not have the authority over that issue because the school board is a separate governing authority.

As it stands now, children will return to the classroom next week despite serious safety concerns from teachers and parents.

Last night’s school board meeting turned into a shouting match among parents, teachers and district officials. Some demanded a delay to the start of classes.

The concern came just hours after the district announced a handful of COVID-19 cases in the district.

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