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COVID 19

Important announcements

Governor Edwards has cancelled all public schools & school events in the State of Louisiana beginning March 16 until April 13.  


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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***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.