River Parishes Schools re-opening plan

River Parishes Schools re-opening plan
Greater New Orleans Area Parishes (Source: WVUE)

LULING, La. (WVUE) -

Information provided by St. James Parish Public Schools

Information below provided by St. John Parish Public Schools

St. John Parish - FIRST DAY FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING PROGRAM (1ST-12TH): Monday, August 31

St. John Parish - FIRST DAY FOR IN-PERSON/HYBRID MODEL STUDENTS: Tuesday, September 8

St. John Parish - FIRST DAY FOR PREK/HEAD START/KINDERGARTEN: Monday, September 14

The St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District will offer families two options for learning for the 2020 fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students who choose to attend school in person will, as long as we remain in Phase II as designated by government officials, attend under a "hybrid" model. This means students in grades preK-3 will attend school full time. Students in grades 4-12 will have a mix of in-person and distance learning, attending school on designated days of the week and attending class online the other days. Schedules will be created district-wide using household addresses. Students with the same address will be scheduled to attend school on the same platoon day (green or gold), regardless of grade level and school site. If we are allowed by government officials to proceed into Phase III, more students would be brought back into the classroom full time.

We also recognize and respect that not all parents are comfortable sending their children into a school setting during the current pandemic. For those families, we are offering distance learning. The Virtual Learning Program offers full-time, online learning from home. The Virtual Learning Program will mimic a typical school day. It will be a structured day that includes expectations, learning objectives, whole group activities, small group activities, lunch time, brain breaks, etc. taught by a teacher from your home school. Once enrolled, you are committed to virtual-only instruction through the end of the fall semester.

Although the window for applications has closed, students can still enroll in the virtual program with the understanding that a laptop is not guaranteed for those enrolling after the deadline. Please contact your principal to enroll in the Virtual Learning Program.

Know that we are hard at work planning for the 2020-21 school year and will communicate updated information here as it becomes available. We are planning for various scenarios as we work under the guidance of health officials and the Louisiana Department of Education and will always keep the health and safety of our students and staff as our top priority.

Information provided by St. Charles Parish Public Schools

RELEASES FAMILY REOPENING GUIDE:

7/17/20

St. Charles Parish Public Schools is excited to share its Family Reopening Guide, found at www.stcharles.k12.la.us/familyreopeningguide. This guide, while not all encompassing, provides stakeholders with accurate, timely, and concise information as we navigate through reopening and operating schools amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide reflects input from a number of subcommittees and the SCPPS Strong Start 2020 Taskforce, which held numerous meetings and spent countless hours to determine and compile the information contained in the Family Reopening Guide. Housed on the school system’s website under the COVID-19 tab, this guide will be a living document, continually updated as we reopen schools in August of 2020.

First and foremost, we are committed to implementing a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school in accordance with guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), and the CDC. As we reopen schools, the health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priorities.

Our plans are made knowing that at any time the situation may change and adjustments may be needed. Contained in this guide is updated and new information we know as of now about:

  • School Schedules by PhasesStaggered Opening for Students - See the guide for more information.
  • eLearning ProgramLHSAA has approved eligibility for high school student-athletes. Additional information about eLearning will be coming soon in the eLearning Program Handbook.
  • School OperationsHigh school late take-in days are being replaced by early dismissals. See the guide for more information.
  • Health and SafetyDue to Louisiana Bulletin 741, 3rd-5th grade students are now required to wear face coverings in all settings. See the guide for more information.
  • Student Safety ProtocolsSee the guide for COVID-19 scenario responses and more information.
  • Supporting ServicesAll students will be loaned a technology device to take home. Free WiFi will be available in all school parking lots. See the guide for more information.
  • Other School ConsiderationsSee the guide for more information about visitor protocols, recess, and physical education.

We know there are still many unanswered questions and thoughtful concerns that our students, families, employees, and community have relative to returning to our physical buildings. Please know we are doing our best to provide information to you as it is determined and received. We will continue to keep you updated as we prepare to welcome our students and employees back to campuses in August. If you have questions, please submit them to strongstart@stcharles.k12.la.us.

Please note that this guide is subject to change, and plans are flexible as new health data and guidance are received.

We embrace this opportunity to reimagine services, increase levels of support, and prepare our students for success in an ever-changing world. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are certain that our core business of teaching and learning will continue in whatever situation we may face.

As always, we appreciate your patience, understanding, and support as we work to safely reopen our schools.

Dr. Ken Oertling, Superintendent, St. Charles Parish Public Schools

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