St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools Coronavirus Closure FAQs
(Last updated April 3, 2020)
When will students return? Schools are currently closed through April 30.
Will students have to make up this time? The requirement for instructional minutes has been waived. Students will not have to make up these days.
Are teachers marking attendance? No, attendance is not taken during the school closure.
Will St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools participate in end-of-the-year testing? All LEAP tests, End of Course exams, teacher evaluations and school/district accountability scoring for the 2019-2020 school year have been cancelled. However, we may administer our own or state assessments if available solely for the purpose of measuring where our students are academically to provide guidance for teachers and students for the 2020-21 school year.
How will grades and promotion be determined? We are awaiting further guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education.
Are teachers providing work and communicating with students? Yes, teachers are providing learning opportunities for students, conducting Zoom conferences, Teams conferences, emailing and texting. Learn more about how your school is communicating.
What if I don’t have Internet access? Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription. Additionally, limited income households can apply for $5 to $10 per month Internet access through AT&T Access, Cox Connect2Compete and CenturyLink Lifeline. RTC is offering Student Lite Internet for $25.
Is the district providing meals? The district has partnered with the Healthy School Food Collaborative to offer delivery of meals to the homes of students beginning the week of April 13. Ten meals (two per weekday) will be delivered at a time. Sign up here.
HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION
Will students have prom in April? In order to comply with the governor's “Stay At Home Order,” prom will not take place in April.
Will students have a graduation ceremony? We will wait on further guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education before making a decision regarding graduation ceremonies.
Will we have senior awards, athletic banquets, etc? As information regarding the COVID-19 closure is constantly evolving, we will wait on further guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education in regard to these events.
How will seniors and graduating juniors meet graduation requirements? The Louisiana Department of Education will allow flexibility with meeting graduation requirements. Seniors and graduating juniors in our district will be required to complete senior projects to satisfy the graduation requirement of earning Carnegie units for courses in which they were enrolled during the second half of the spring semester. The due date for these projects is May 1. More information about senior projects is available here. The FAFSA completion graduation requirement has been waived.
What about testing? The ACT has scheduled June 2, June 13 and Oct. 6 as upcoming test dates. AP exams will be taken online with dates forthcoming. The College Board has provided online review classes for students. The College Board will be providing CLEP exam vouchers for registration tickets that expired after March 1. The exam voucher will be valid through June 30, 2021. End of course exams have been cancelled.
How will the closure affect my eligibility for TOPS? Please see the COVID-19 FAQs section of the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance for information about TOPS.