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  • FAMILY REOPENING GUIDE AND eLEARNING HANDBOOK REVISIONS:  7/28/20

    We are excited to welcome students and employees back to campuses in the upcoming weeks. As you know, we have developed plans to implement a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school in accordance with guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Health, and the CDC. Our plans are focused on optimizing classroom instruction and on mitigating the potential COVID-19 spread to the maximum extent possible by restricting movement and proximity, minimizing group size, maximizing space, implementing protective measures with face covering requirements and temperature checks, and enhancing cleaning and disinfecting protocols. The health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priorities.

    Our plans have been shared through the Family Reopening Guide released on July 17. As communicated previously, this guide is a living document which will continually be updated as new information and guidance are received. An updated Family Reopening Guide is available at www.stcharles.k12.la.us/strongstart2020 with revisions highlighted in gray for easy reference. For your convenience, I have made a video presenting an overview of the Family Reopening Guide. The video can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/442117299.

    We embrace this opportunity to reimagine services, increase levels of support, and prepare our students for success in an ever-changing world. 

    Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support as we safely reopen our schools.

    Dr. Ken Oertling
    Superintendent
    St. Charles Parish Public Schools

     

    SCPPS RELEASES FAMILY REOPENING GUIDE: 7/17/20

    St. Charles Parish Public Schools is excited to share its Family Reopening Guidefound on the page to the left titled Family Reopening Guide. This guide, while not all encompassing, provides stakeholders with accurate, timely, and concise information as we navigate through reopening and operating schools amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide reflects input from a number of subcommittees and the SCPPS Strong Start 2020 Taskforce, which held numerous meetings and spent countless hours to determine and compile the information contained in the Family Reopening Guide. Housed on the school system’s website under the COVID-19 tab, this guide will be a living document, continually updated as we reopen schools in August of 2020.

    First and foremost, 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 CDC. As we reopen schools, the health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priorities.

    Our plans are made knowing that at any time the situation may change and adjustments may be needed. Contained in this guide is updated and new information we know as of now about:

    • School Schedules by Phases
      Staggered Opening for Students - See the guide for more information.
    • eLearning Program
      LHSAA has approved eligibility for high school student-athletes. Additional information about eLearning will be coming soon in the eLearning Program Handbook.
    • School Operations
      High school late take-in days are being replaced by early dismissals. See the guide for more information.
    • Health and Safety
      Due to Louisiana Bulletin 741, 3rd-5th grade students are now required to wear face coverings in all settings. See the guide for more information.
    • Student Safety Protocols
      See the guide for COVID-19 scenario responses and more information.
    • Supporting Services
      All students will be loaned a technology device to take home. Free WiFi will be available in all school parking lots. See the guide for more information.
    • Other School Considerations
      See the guide for more information about visitor protocols, recess, and physical education.

     

    We know there are still many unanswered questions and thoughtful concerns that our students, families, employees, and community have relative to returning to our physical buildings. Please know we are doing our best to provide information to you as it is determined and received. We will continue to keep you updated as we prepare to welcome our students and employees back to campuses in August. If you have questions, please submit them to strongstart@stcharles.k12.la.us.

    Please note that this guide is subject to change, and plans are flexible as new health data and guidance are received.

    We embrace this opportunity to reimagine services, increase levels of support, and prepare our students for success in an ever-changing world. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are certain that our core business of teaching and learning will continue in whatever situation we may face.

    As always, we appreciate your patience, understanding, and support as we work to safely reopen our schools.

     

    Dr. Ken Oertling
    Superintendent
    St. Charles Parish Public Schools

     

    SCHOOL REOPENING UPDATE #3: 7/10/20

    School Reopening Update #3
    July 10, 2020

    We continue to work through a number of plans in preparation for reopening schools in August and are sharing information with you as it is received and determined. Pending no major changes, we plan to release our official Family and Employee Reopening Guides the week of July 20 and our eLearning Program Guide soon thereafter. Of course, please know that plans may change in this ever-evolving situation.

    There is both new and clarified information I want to share with you since last week’s update.

    School Times By Tiers – NEW INFO!

    The dismissal time for the Head Start Tier that was previously announced has been changed to align with the Tier 3 dismissal time. Head Start Centers will now dismiss between 4:10 and 4:20 PM. The take-in time remains the same. All other previously shared take-in and dismissal times by tiers remain the same and will be in effect for the entire school year.

    Face Coverings – NEW INFO!

    Wearing a face covering protects students and employees and is an important measure in minimizing COVID-19 transmission so we may maximize student learning in our buildings. Without appropriate safety measures, we would be unable to fulfill our promise of providing the safest environment possible for students and employees. After further collaboration with health officials and in an effort to maximize health and safety measures, adjustments have been made to face covering requirements to more closely align with issued recommendations.

    • Middle and high school students (6th through 12th grade) are required to wear face coverings. This includes on busses, during transition periods, and in classrooms.
    • It remains that 3rd through 5th grade students are required to wear face coverings on busses and during transition periods. They are strongly recommended in the classroom setting.
    • It remains that students in pre-kindergarten through 2ndgrade are strongly recommended to wear face coverings.
    • It remains that employees are required to wear face coverings.
    • Flexibility in face covering requirements for students throughout the school day will be allowed as necessary for comfort as permitted by teachers and employees.
    • Accommodations may be made for employees and students who may be unable to wear face coverings due to special and/or medical needs.

    eLearning Program – NEW INFO!

    We know there are many questions surrounding the new eLearning Program. We recognize that more detailed information is needed for parents in order to make an informed decision. Flexibility in registering for the eLearning Program beyond the July 15th deadline will be allowed to give families time to review more detailed plans which may alter their decision. However, once the eLearning Program Guide has been released, there will be a cut-off date for registration that must be adhered to for staffing and support purposes.

    After receiving additional guidance and clarification, students who participate in the eLearning Program will be allowed to participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities. However, we are waiting for approval from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association for athletic eligibility for high school students.

    Other eLearning Program details that have now been finalized include:

    • Students will be enrolled and on the roster of the school they would otherwise physically attend.
    • Attendance will be taken daily.
    • There will be an identified teacher for each class.
    • Elementary and middle school students will follow a specific daily schedule through SCPPS teacher-led Google Classroom lessons. There will be some developmentally appropriate self-paced opportunities for all students to complete independently. Pre-K through 8th grade courses will all be taught through Google Classroom.
    • High school students will be more self-paced with teacher facilitation. Students will be able to engage with SCPPS teachers daily during scheduled times. Core courses will be facilitated through Edgenuity. Other courses, such as electives (if available), will be taught by certified teachers through the Louisiana Department of Education Supplemental Course Academy. Google Classroom will be utilized by teachers to engage with students. Course lists will be available once finalized.

    Before and After Care Program – CLARIFICATION

    The school system hopes to be able to accommodate the before & after care needs of all children & parents. However, due to COVID-19 and social distancing mandates we may only be able to accommodate those who can to commit to utilizing before & after care on a regular basis for the 2020-2021 school year. We are asking parents to complete the registration form by July 15 to gather numbers to plan accordingly.

    Thank you again for your continued support, patience and understanding as we work through the many challenges associated with developing plans that meet the needs of our students, families, and employees.

    Dr. Ken Oertling
    Superintendent
    St. Charles Parish Public Schools

     

    SCHOOL REOPENING UPDATE #2: 7/2/20

    School Reopening Update #2
    July 2, 2020

     

    As you are aware, we are hard at work preparing to welcome students and employees physically back to campus in August as scheduled. We are actively preparing for a number of different scenarios knowing that things may change at any time. Since our last communication, additional guidance has been received to help us in decision-making. We are committed to keeping you informed throughout this process; therefore, I’d like to share with you some preliminary information so you can begin making plans according to what is best for your child. However, please keep in mind that this information is subject to change based on the prevalence of COVID-19 in our state and community and directives from government officials. Additional details and information on these items and others will be shared in a Reopening Guide for Families once finalized.

     

    Schedules by Phases – NEW INFO!

    Plans for all phases have been developed to implement health and safety measures to the maximum extent possible for students and employees while optimizing in-person classroom instruction. 

    IF LOUISIANA IS IN… 

    PHASE 1:
    All students
     will engage in At-Home Learning unless otherwise notified. More detailed information will be provided if we transition to Phase 1.

    PHASE 2:
    Head Start, elementary, and middle school students
     will follow a traditional school schedule and are physically present in school buildings five (5) days per week.

    High school students will follow a hybrid schedule consisting of both on-campus learning and At-Home Learning. Students will be split into two groups and will physically attend school on alternating days. When not physically on campus, students will engage in required At-Home Learning on weekdays. We are still coordinating details of the high school hybrid schedule. A sample high school schedule and additional information will be shared in future communications and the Reopening Guide for Families.

    PHASE 3: 
    same as Phase 2

     

    School Times by Tiers – NEW INFO!

    TIER

    TAKE-IN

    DISMISSAL

    Tier 1

    • Destrehan High
    • Hahnville High

    7:00-7:15 AM

     

    2:15-2:25 PM

     

    Tier 2

    • Albert Cammon Middle
    • Harry Hurst Middle
    • J.B. Martin Middle
    • Luling Elementary
    • R.K. Smith Middle
    • Schoeffner Elementary

    8:00-8:15 AM

     

     

     

    3:10-3:20 PM

     

     

     

    Tier 3

    • Allemands Elementary
    • Lakewood Elementary
    • Mimosa Park Elementary
    • New Sarpy Elementary
    • Norco Elementary
    • R.J. Vial Elementary
    • St. Rose Elementary

    9:00-9:15 AM

     

     

     

     

    4:10-4:20 PM

     

     

     

     

    Head Start Tier

    • Carver Early Learning Center
    • Eastbank Head Start

    9:00-9:15 AM

     

    3:35-3:45 PM

     


    Bus Change Requests – 
    NEW INFO!

    Due to issued guidelines regarding bus capacity and to minimize mixed groups of students to the maximum extent possible, students will need to ride the same bus to and from school each day. Therefore, the only bus changes allowed will be to honor custody judgments. Please plan accordingly.

    Face Coverings – NEW INFO!
    We recognize that some students/employees may not be able to wear face coverings due to special and/or medical needs. Accommodations for these individuals may be made on a case-by-case basis.

    • Face coverings are required for employees.
    • Students in pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade are strongly recommended to wear face coverings.
    • Students in grades 3-12 are required to wear face coverings on busses and during transition periods. Face coverings are strongly recommended in the classroom setting.
    • School personnel will contact families of students with disabilities to discuss accommodations.

    While this has the potential to change due to mandates, the decisions regarding face coverings were made while taking into consideration the guidance issued from the Louisiana Department of Health, the Louisiana Department of Education, and survey feedback received from our stakeholders.

    Before and After School Child Care – NEW INFO!
    The Before and After School Child Care Program will provide services for students in pre-kindergarten 4 through 6th grade at six school sites during the 2020-2021 school year. All parents who wish to utilize before and after care will need to submit an application in advance. More information will be shared in the coming days.

     

    eLearning Program Option – NEW INFO!

    We recognize there are varying levels of concern with sending children to school and not everyone may be comfortable having their child physically on campus. Therefore, we are offering an option for online learning (the eLearning Program Option) for those who are unable or do not wish to physically attend school. Students participating in this program will not physically attend school on our campuses but will participate instead in online classes from home.

     

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW BEFORE CHOOSING TO REGISTER FOR THE eLEARNING PROGRAM

     

    • Head Start, elementary, and middle school students will be provided eLearning in core academic content areas (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) using distance learning platforms and/or teacher guided instruction. Enrichment course opportunities are being explored.
    • High school students will be provided eLearning in limited core content areas and limited electives using various methods including distance learning platforms and/or teacher guided instruction.
    • Students must have access to a reliable wireless Internet connection.
    • To register for the eLearning Program, students must commit to the program for a complete semester or the school year.
    • Since the SCPPS eLearning Program is designed to minimize the risk of exposure to contagions, eLearning students may be unable to participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities including athletics.
    • Details are still being developed. Additional information including pre-registration will be shared once finalized.

     

    We continue to work through a number of details and plans while keeping the health and safety of students and employees as top priorities.  We appreciate your patience and understanding and will share information as it is determined and finalized for the 2020-2021 school year. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are certain that our core business of teaching and learning will continue in whatever situation we may face.

     

    Thank you for your continued support.

     

    Dr. Ken Oertling
    Superintendent
    St. Charles Parish Public Schools

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    SCHOOL REOPENING UPDATE #1: 6/24/20

    School Reopening Update #1
    June 24, 2020

     

    As previously communicated, plans are underway for the start of the new school year. We are hard at work preparing 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 CDC.

    As part of the planning process, SCPPS has formed a Strong Start 2020 Taskforce comprised of a number of subcommittees. Parent feedback has been received through a family reopening survey issued in June. This feedback, along with employee survey feedback and issued guidance, will assist us in our decision-making moving forward.

    As we plan to reopen schools, the health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priorities. Schools will follow recommended cleaning protocols and will monitor students and staff for symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Families are asked to take temperatures daily before sending children to school, keep children home if sick, and remind children of healthy hygiene practices. Schools will reinforce proper hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing and the covering of coughs/sneezes throughout the school day. In addition to these preventative measures, we’d like to share other measures that you can expect when school reopens.

    WHAT FAMILIES CAN EXPECT WHEN SCHOOL REOPENS AS ALIGNED TO LDH and LDOE GUIDANCE:

    • Temperature checks for students, employees, and visitors
    • Face coverings may be required for students as recommended by LDH
    • Face coverings required for employees
    • Social distancing measures
    • Limited bus capacity
    • Adjusted school arrival and dismissal routines
    • Staggered school meal service
    • Facility safety enhancements

    More information and details will be shared in further communication leading up to the start of the new school year. Our plans are made knowing that at any time, the situation may change and adjustments may be needed. We ask for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We look forward to the new school year and embrace the opportunity to reimagine services, support, and educational opportunities for our students!

     

    Dr. Ken Oertling
    Superintendent
    St. Charles Parish Public Schools