Posted Date: 03/20/2020
Jefferson Davis Parish School Closure Updates
Message from Superintendent, Kirk Credeur
March 20, 2020
As many of you are aware, there have been recently documented cases of the COVID-19 in Acadia and Calcasieu parishes. All parishes probably have individuals with the virus, but they just have not yet been identified medically. Although these documented cases make it “real” because they are so close to home, there is no need for widespread fear and panic fueled by the rumor mill. I want to dispel rumors that are out in the universe with this information from the Sheriff’s office:
There have been rumors being shared on Social Media stating Martial Law is coming or has been put in place. Those rumors are FALSE. To dispel those rumors, let me make it clear, local, parish authorities have no statutes/authority to declare any type of Martial Law.
The Jeff Davis Parish Police Jury and Sheriff Ivy Woods have only implemented a curfew from 11:00 pm – 5:00am to limit the travels of juveniles and individuals that are not going to or coming from work or have an emergency to attend to. Law enforcement are tasked with the safety of the citizens of the parish and the security of their property. With the closure of businesses, they are utilizing the curfew to minimize the traffic and contact between first responders and others.
· There is no current plan to require citizens of the state to shelter in place.
· The National Guard is being deployed into specific hot spot areas with positive COVID-19 tests to help with sites that have been set up to house persons who are awaiting test results and do not have a place to stay, to help stand up drive-thru testing sites, and to help evaluate structures that may serve as temporary hospitals to support the medical surge we anticipate. There are no National Guard personnel deployed in Jeff Davis Parish at this time.
· The National Guard has NOT been deployed to invoke martial law.
· Local governments have the ability to shelter in place without approval or direction of the governor.
· Shelter in place, as implemented by other municipalities and states, is not a complete lockdown that requires people not to leave their homes. People are still allowed to go to work, to go to the grocery store, to go to the pharmacy, to go to the doctor, etc."
Please practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and limit your access to social activities as much as possible to slow the spread of this virus. Stay safe and if any of my employees have any questions, please forward them to me by email, and we will clarify as much as possible.