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    Call 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437) toll free to report child abuse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Have questions about the reopening of school in Washington Parish for the 2020-2021 year? Email them to WPCOVID@WPSB.INFO. An FAQ will be updated on the WPSB website based on questions received.

    If you have been near an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine.

    Beginning January 4, WPSS will follow the newly adopted CDC & LDH quarantine guidelines of at least 10 days from date of exposure.

    Washington Parish School System

    Safe Schools Reopening Plan and Procedures

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    Franklinton High School Marine ROTC Color Guard

    Ponemah Wreath Ceremony

    Students are now able to fill water bottles or cups and drink water safely while at school due to a generous donation from Cargill of Franklinton.  Safe water filling stations are being installed at all district schools. WPSS is grateful for our community partnership with Cargill.

    Varnado High School student, LaDerrick Smith, was awarded the highest honor given to youth by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) at the national conference in Washington D.C.  CADCA is a national program purposing to reduce drug use one community at a time. Smith received the National Outstanding Youth Leader of the Year award.  This award recognizes leaders that have gone above the call of duty to work diligently in their coalitions, demonstrate a passion from making an impact on their community and have a lasting effect on the NYLI (National Youth Leadership Initiative.)

    Three Washington Parish School System students attended the conference: LaDerrick Smith, Khaled Waliagha and Emma Williams. Congratulations LaDerrick!

    Recently released district and school performance scores show growth for the Washington Parish School System.  The district is proud to announce it has reclaimed the "B" letter grade status issued by the Louisiana Department of Education and all school letter grades are "B" or "C".  All WPSS schools earned "A" or "B" letter grades for student growth performance.  See the presentation below for 2019 Performance Scores.   Detailed reports released from the Louisiana Department of Education may be accessed by  clicking here.

    Washington Parish students featured in national publication.  Click here to read more.



    The Washington Parish School System is constantly monitoring the Louisiana Department of Health guidelines in order to provide the safest possible learning environment for all students.  As a result, beginning October 15, 2020, the Distance Learning program will change for K-12 students.  (PK Distance Learning remains the same.)  Only students with extenuating circumstances will continue with the program.

    Parent letters were sent to all current K-12 distance learning students explaining the changes and the process for applying to continue distance learning due to extenuating circumstances. 

    Applications are linked below:


    FPS Paw Pride Club collected blankets and socks for the residents at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. 

    What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

    The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

    • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
    • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
    • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

    Click here for more information.

    LA Strong Start Survey

    Spring 2021

    The Louisiana Department of Education is releasing a Strong Start Spring survey to gather feedback from a variety of stakeholders. The responses to the survey will be used to develop a comprehensive report of the data collected and to determine support provided to school systems for the 2021-2022 school year.
    The Strong Start Spring survey will be released in two phases. This survey is Phase 1 and should be completed by school leaders, teachers, students, families, and community members. The deadline for responses to be submitted for the Phase 1 survey is May 24th. If you have questions regarding this survey, please email Click here to access the survey.


    Washington Parish School Board proudly recognized the 2021 Students of the year!  We are honored to have these outstanding young adults represent our schools and communities.

    8th Grade Students of the Year:

    Sarah Knight - VHS, Dillon Sumrall - PHS, Camdyn Quinn - MHS, Bailey Burdette - FJHS

    12th Grade Students of the Year:

    Ashlyn Welch - FHS, Elizabeth Barber - PHS, Ansley Knight - MHS, LaDarrick Smith - VHS

    District Students of the Year:

    Bailey Burdette - FJHS            LaDarrick Smith - VHS 


    WPSS had 3 talented students represent the district at the Louisiana School board Association's annual conference.  These students were given this opportunity by winning the district-level Talented Art contest.  Their art was on display at the LSBA Conference in February.

    Rhett Anderson, FES - Sharon Fornea, Art Teacher

    Makenzie Bickham, EES - Kelly Stubbs, Art Teacher

    Keely Falgout, MHS - Tania Thompson, Art Teacher



    Accolades to the awesome WPSS Business Department for receiving the Association of School Business Officials International's Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting Award for the 2020 fiscal year Comprehensive Annual Financial Report!

    The district's participation in the COE program is a testament to our commitment to transparency and high-quality financial reporting.


    WPSS Invites Homeschool Students to Take State Tests

    WPSS would like to invite all 3rd-12th grade homeschool students to participate in Louisiana State testing (LEAP) which will be administered in all Washington Parish schools in April 2021.  Parents planning to re-enroll a student in a Washington Parish school for the 21-22 school year are recommended to participate in this testing option rather than have to test later for re-enrollment.  All students are welcome to test even if plans are to continue homeschool during the 21-22 school year. 

    Please contact the school the student would attend before April 7, 2021  to participate in state LEAP testing this year.

    2021 Teachers of the Year

    On Jan. 4, the LA Dept of Health shared updated quarantine guidance with school districts. Based on this guidance & in order to maintain the safest environment for our staff & students, the WPSS quarantine periods have been adjusted.

    Students who test positive will quarantine for 10 days from onset of symptoms of date of test.

    Students who are exposed to someone who has tested positive will quarantine for 14 days.

    Please contact the school office if your child has tested positive or has been exposed to COVID-19.

    P-EBT Louisiana - Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program

    More P-EBT funds are being issued for the 2020-2021 school year. Click the logo above for more information.

    Our Vision

    ALL students receive quality instruction in a rigorous and relevant curriculum to prepare them to graduate college or career ready.

    Our Mission

    We Prepare Students for Success

    Upcoming Events


    MilLage notice

    Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 7, Section 23(C) of the Louisiana Constitution and R.S. 47:1705(B) that a public hearing of the Washington Parish School Board will be held at its regular meeting place in the Franklinton Elementary School Gymnatorium, 345 Jaguar Drive, Franklinton, Louisiana, on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to consider levying additional or increased millage rates without further voter approval or adopting the adjusted millage rates after reassessment and rolling forward to rates not to exceed the prior year’s maximum. 

    The estimated amount of tax revenues to be collected in the next year from the increased millage is $2,046,943.82, and the amount of increase in taxes attributable to the millage increase is $4,313.90. 

    The 2020/2021 Washington Parish School Board General Fund Budget consists of $46,349,146.30 in revenues and $47,246,009.49 in expenses.  A more detailed version of the budget can be found here

    Job Openings

    To view positions that the Washington Parish School System is accepting applications for, click here.

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    New "Thomas Bypass"

    Superintendent Frances Varnado presented a pewter tray to Dr. Jerry and Ms. LouAnn Thomas acknowledging their generous donation of 0.793 acres of land at Thomas Elementary School to the Washington Parish School System.  The land acquisition helped create the new “Thomas Bypass” and was donated to help traffic flow at the school and clear congestion on Highway 424.  During the recognition, Dr. Thomas renewed his commitment to the Thomas/Pine community and the school system with future plans of expanding Early Childhood opportunities. 

    Resource Officers recognized

    Washington Parish School System Resource Officers were recently recognized for their dedication, compassion, & hard work.  These officers go above and beyond every day to keep students and staff safe while at school.

    Lionel Mark with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and John Herring and Ernie Corkern with the Franklinton Police Department were presented plaques of gratitude for their service to Washington Parish Schools.

    Superintendent Frances Varnado presented a plaque in memory of Mr. Harold Varnado, Jr. to his family for his many years of service as a resource officer to the Washington Parish School System as well.

    The Franklinton Police Department and Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office were recognized for the endless amount of support provided to the Washington Parish School System.

    Washington Parish School Board Receives 2020 Best of Franklinton Award

    Franklinton Award Program Honors the Achievement

    FRANKLINTON  -- Washington Parish School Board has been selected for the 2020 Best of Franklinton Award in the Elementary And Secondary Schools category by the Franklinton Award Program.

    SOURCE: Franklinton Award Program

    Franklinton High School is truly honored to display the Louisiana State Flag donated by Representative Melinda White.

    A very special thank you to Mrs. Melinda White for her donation of the state flag.