FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Monday, August 17
PREK/HEAD START/KINDERGARTEN FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Monday, August 24
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.
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UPDATE - July 29, 2020
- New Students - Students new to the district are asked to register at the Child Welfare and Attendance Office located at the Central Office, 110 W. 10th St., Reserve. Upon registering, parents will be able to select either the 100 percent virtual option or the hybrid model. Registration documents can be downloaded from our General Registration page.
UPDATE - July 24, 2020
- Virtual Fridays – To allow for fewer contact days between students and staff and to allow for deep cleaning of buildings, hybrid model students will not attend classes in person on Fridays. Virtual Fridays may be used for small group lessons, RTI support, and office hours for teachers. Students will either attend Monday and Wednesday (Green Platoon) or Tuesday and Thursday (Gold Platoon) and attend virtually the other three days of the week. Hybrid model students without access to technology will be provided with learning packets designed using Tier 1 Curriculum to be returned on their next school day. PreK-3rd grade students will still attend in person five days a week.
- Class information – Students, both hybrid and virtual, will be grouped together into classes lead by a designated teacher from their home school site. This teacher will determine the daily schedule for his or her class.
- Dress code – All students in grades 3-12 must wear face masks. Masks are recommended, but not required, for students in grades 2 and under. Students must have a solid-colored mask. Your school may require a certain color based on its individual dress code policy. Virtual students are expected to dress appropriately for a school setting. Pajamas, robes and slippers are not allowed. See more dress code guidance for the Virtual Learning Program.
- Parent/Student Orientation and Training – Orientation for parents and students in the Virtual Learning Program and for hybrid model students in grades 4-12 will take place Aug. 10-14. Orientation will include distribution of laptops for virtual students, familiarizing families with the Microsoft Teams platform and signing the District Technology Contract. Your school will notify you of your scheduled date and time.
- Safety – Signage is being placed throughout buildings to direct students through schools, designating traffic flow, entrance/exits and proper social distancing.
- Transcripts – Class of 2020 graduates who need a copy of their transcript should contact their school counselor.
- Teachers – All teachers will participate in COVID-19 related safety training at their school sites on Aug. 4. Employees will also complete the online SafeSchools training. Teacher professional development will take place Aug. 5-7, with Aug. 6-7 specifically focusing on Microsoft Teams training.
UPDATE - July 17, 2020
The Return-to-School Plan
put together by the Strong Start Commission Panel is now available. Please take time to read through this plan as it will answer many of your questions regarding protocols, procedures, virtual/in-person learning and more.