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CDC:  The Importance of Reopening America's School this Fall


For more information:

CDC: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
LA Dept. of Health:  http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/
LA Dept. of Education:  https://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/covid-19

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Vector will update the course content with the latest information about the virus as it becomes available.

Washington Parish Reopening Plan:  click here

Washington Parish School Board COVID-19 Reopening Presentation:  click here

***July 2, 2020***

I hope you and your families are healthy, safe, and well. I am coming to you today with several updates regarding the important planning our district and school administrators have been engaging in over the last several weeks as we prepare to welcome students and employees physically back to campus in August as scheduled.

Despite the uncertainty that lies with the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 Center for Disease Control (CDC).  As a district, we are using available information and collaborating with local and state leaders to carefully and strategically plan for multiple potential scenarios for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Our commitment to our families is to provide strong learning opportunities for all students regardless of the scenario.

For the past several weeks, our teams have been planning for three possibilities for students’ return to campuses in August. Using guidance and expert knowledge from across the state, and knowing that health restrictions may call us to switch between scenarios, we are currently planning for the following types of learning situations:

  • Traditional learning with schools open to students as usual while following CDC recommended safety guidelines for class sizes, social distancing, and movement;
  • Hybrid learning with schools open to groups of students using a combination of traditional and distance learning; and,
  • Distance learning with teacher led remote instruction and learning.

Later this week, Superintendent of Education, Dr. Cade Brumley, will be providing additional guidance regarding the start of school. Upon receiving that guidance, our administrators will be working around-the-clock to secure plans to provide instruction while at the same time addressing the physical, mental, and social well-being of our students, and the needs of the community.

As we get further clarity regarding what families can anticipate, we will share that information.  Parents and families can expect continued updates to be found on our school and district websites and Facebook accounts over the coming weeks.

While there are still many unknowns in the coming months, I want to assure our families that our school system is working hard to ensure that children will begin the upcoming year as safely and successfully as possible, given the current situation.  As always, the health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priorities.

Frances Varnado, Superintendent

 

***April 30, 2020***

Since March 13 when schools were closed by order of the Governor, the graduating class of 2020 has missed many special events that traditionally occur during the last 2 months of their senior year. We share the feelings of sorrow and disappointment that our students and their families are feeling at this time. During the last couple of weeks, we have weighed many options for how to give our graduating class a memorable ceremony to celebrate their academic achievements.

Washington Parish Schools have decided to hold traditional graduation ceremonies in July 2020. Each of the four high schools will have ceremonies on separate dates which are to be determined. For the safety of our community, graduates will be limited to a set number of guests, social distancing will be enforced, and all guests will be required to wear masks. The ceremonies will be live-streamed on Facebook so that all family and friends can share in the celebrations.

In the event that the Governor’s orders are not lifted in July, virtual ceremonies will be held on the reserved dates.

We don’t want to let our regularly scheduled graduation dates pass without recognizing the class of 2020. Therefore, next week, May 6-9, follow each of the Washington Parish high school Facebook pages for a special tribute to our graduates. Dates and times will be released as they are set.

 

***April 28, 2020***

 

There are rumors going around that the WPSB has decided to hold virtual ceremonies for the Class of 2020. This is one of the options that is being considered. However, no decision has been made at this time. Once an official decision is made, the WPSB will notify the public via Facebook & the district website.


***April 16, 2020***

As many of you know, Governor Edwards has extended his order for all schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year. We are saddened by this extension, but understand that it is necessary for the safety of our community.

Although our buildings are closed, we do still encourage home learning. Teachers will continue to provide resources to families that may be used to keep students engaged in learning if they wish. In addition to resources provided by teachers, parents can access a toolkit of curriculum resources on the WPSB website. The assignments and suggestions are completely optional. These are not required and will not be graded. Student grades will only be based on work completed through March 13. Parents can access student grades in Parent Command Center on the last day of school, May 21.

Seniors may access their final grades on May 1 in Parent Command Center. Our high schools are using social media and school websites to highlight this awesome graduating class. We hope to schedule graduation ceremonies in late June or July once the governor’s stay-home order is lifted. We will keep you updated as decisions are made.

We will continue our “grab and go” feeding program through the end of the school year. We took a short break this week, but will resume on April 22. The last day will be May 22. Meals can be picked up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM. The feeding sites are Enon Elementary, Mt. Hermon, Franklinton Junior High, Thomas Elementary, and Wesley Ray Elementary schools.

This is a time of uncertainty and concern for everyone. We will continue to update you as we receive information and decisions are made for our school system. Please check our district website and our district Facebook page for regular updates.

Stay safe, wash your hands, and keep reading!

Frances Varnado, Superintendent

Washington Parish School System

 

***April 6, 2020***

We are saddened by the fact that Governor Edwards has extended his order for schools to remain closed until April 30.  We miss our students and staff but will continue to keep their safety and wellbeing as our number one focus. 

Our “grab and go” feeding program will stop on April 8 for a short break.  We will resume feedings on Wednesday, April 22.  The feeding sites will continue to be Enon Elementary, Mt. Hermon, Franklinton Primary, Thomas Elementary, and Wesley Ray Elementary schools.  Meals can be picked up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM.

Teachers have been reaching out to students to make sure they are well.  Teachers are also providing resources that families may use in order to keep students engaged in learning if they wish.  The assignments and suggestions are completely optional.  These are not required and will not be graded. 

Many high school students have enjoyed the Jumpstart Summer opportunity that we have offered in the past.  It is very unfortunate that we have had to cancel the Washington Parish Jumpstart Summer program for this summer. 

We know that our seniors are as distraught as we are about the ending of their last year of high school.  One area of concern for seniors are their grades.  The Department of Education has waived all State testing, attendance, and seat-time requirements.  We will calculate final grades for seniors based on work that was completed prior to March 13, when school was dismissed.  Final grades for seniors will be posted in Parent Command Center by April 30.  Any questions regarding the final grades should be addressed via email to your school counselor or principal.  Another area of concern is graduation ceremonies.  With the extension of school closing, it will not be possible to host graduation ceremonies in early May as scheduled.  However, we are not cancelling graduations.  The ceremonies will be postponed until June or July.  We will keep you updated as the exact dates are decided. 

This is a time of uncertainty and concern for everyone.  We will continue to update you as we receive information and decisions are made for our school system.  Please check our district website and our district Facebook page on Friday mornings for regular updates.

Stay safe, wash your hands, and keep reading!

Frances Varnado, Superintendent

 

***April 1, 2020***

 

The last day for Grab & Go Meals provided by the WPSS Lunch Program will be Wednesday, April 8, 2020. This service may resume after Monday, April 20, 2020. Check our this page for updates. (WPSB is an equal opportunity employer.)

 

***March 20, 2020***

During the period of time that the Washington Parish School Board Office is closed, student work permits will be available at the school board office on Mondays from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM only. The student will need the Intent to Employ form completely filled out with signature of parent/guardian, and a Driver's License, State ID, or Birth Certificate. Come to the front, single door facing Main Street. Chavella Lewis will take your paperwork and issue the permit. Remember to maintain a 6 foot distance during the process. Thank you, Frances Varnado, Superintendent.

LOUISIANA SECURES FEDERAL WAIVER FOR REQUIRED STANDARDIZED TESTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
 

The U.S. Department of Education today approved Louisiana's waiver request of assessment, accountability, and reporting requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. This means Louisiana will not require standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Click here to learn more.

 

 

***March 16, 2020***

 

SCHOOL LUNCH

Drive through breakfast and lunch bags can be picked up at Enon Elementary, Franklinton Primary, Mt. Hermon, Thomas Elementary, and Wesley Ray Elementary school cafeterias Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10:00-11:15 starting March 18 and ending April 8. At least one child must be in the vehicle at time of pickup. 

SPRING BREAK

Spring break will continue as previously planned. Students and staff will return on April 20.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Links to resources are available on our website to continue learning at home during this time. Utilization of these resources is optional for students. Families are encouraged to use the resources to stay connected to classroom learning.

GRADUATION

High School graduation dates will remain as planned.

LAST DAY

Last day of school for students is May 21.

CANCELLED ACTIVITIES

All school activities are cancelled until further notice.