SCHOOLS: Closures, schedule changes due to spread of coronavirus

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards annoucnes all K-12 public schools through Easter break

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Schools and universities are making changes to their schedules and classes due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus.

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released the following information Friday, March 13:

  • Schools may offer complete distance learning, as capabilities exist
  • With appropriate social distancing measures, schools shall continue to provide meals or other essential services with applicable staff
  • Instructional minute requirements shall be temporarily suspended for distance education courses and for curriculum delivery
  • The required 63,720 instructional minute requirement per year shall also be suspended
  • The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall report to the governor and the legislature any further actions necessary to ensure that eligible students achieve successful student grading, promotion, and graduation

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

  • All public K-12 schools in Louisiana will be closed Monday, March 16 through Thursday, April 30

Ascension Public Schools

  • Governor John Bel Edwards announced Friday, March 13 that all K-12 schools in the state are closed starting Monday, March 16, however, Ascension Public Schools will continue education online. All 5th through 12th graders bring laptops home everyday. As of Friday, March 13, 3rd and 4th graders are being sent home with laptops as well. Online instruction will be rolled out for 3rd through 12th graders Wednesday, March 18. Click here for school resources on COVID-19.
  • Classes are canceled effective Monday, March 16 and are tentatively scheduled to resume May 1

At-Home Learning Resources and Video-Conferencing

Optional enrichment activities can be accessed through EBRPSS’s dedicated coronavirus and educational resources web page. Those with questions should call the curriculum hotline at 225-400 -7451.

Optional ACT prep work and printed packets will be distributed to high school students with limited internet access Wednesday, April 1, at Istrouma High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., while supplies last.

Many EBRPSS teachers have taken it upon themselves to offer virtual enrichment classes for students that wish to participate. A few popular video-conferencing platforms require users to be over the age of 18, so the district is rolling out a secure, K-12 friendly platform that can be monitored by district administrators. Teachers and students that would like to continue video-conferencing will be granted access to the district’s Microsoft Teams account.

EBRPSS will be offering printed packets of optional, at-home educational materials for families who have limited internet access. The packets are for students in grades pre-k through 8th. Packet distribution will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at select locations and on the following days:

  • Monday at Park Forest Middle
  • Tuesday at Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy and Woodlawn Elementary
  • Wednesday at Progress Elementary and McKinley Middle
  • Thursday at Capitol Middle and Wildwood Elementary
  • Friday at Glen Oaks High and Northeast Elementary

These resources can also be found on the dedicated COVID-19 page at ebrschools.org

  • All 12 month employees are expected to report to work. Employees will receive directions from their supervisors by early next week. Employees are encouraged to check their district email for updates. Full-time, active employees will continue to receive compensation and benefits during this time. All full-time, active 9, 10, and 11-month employees should not report to work at this time.
  • All EBR schools and facilities will be closed to the general public throughout the duration of this closure. All school events during this time period are canceled or postponed until further notice. This also includes the cancellation of regular school day instruction, before and after-care, preschool, health services, athletics, parent teacher conferences, student registration, and enrichment.
  • Certain schools will serve as hubs where food is served to students. Details from the school system will be announced at a later date.'

Livingston Parish School System

  • All operations for the school district are suspended effective Sunday, March 22
  • All delivery and pickup of school packets will cease; however, all digital instruction will continue

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Runnels

  • The school will be closed Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13. Students should plan for distance learning from home.

Grades K-6

  • Packets of lessons for elementary grades will be available for pickup in the Information and Admissions building Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m.

Grades 7-12

  • The junior and senior high will rely on face-to-face teaching over the internet for the duration of the closure. Please check your email several times a day for further information and directions. Teachers will train on Monday and students will receive a video giving them instructions on how the distance learning process will operate by Tuesday, March 17. Classes will be conducted online at regularly scheduled times, therefore, is essential for students to log in during their normal class times. It is our hope that students will continue with their classes remotely so there will be no interruption in learning and teaching.

Diocese of Baton Rouge

  • Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13

Spring Break: We will observe spring break as originally scheduled (April 13 through April 17). School resumes April 20.

Standardized Tests: Standardized tests will be rescheduled for later in the school year.

The Brighton School

  • The school will operate through online distance learning beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, April 13

Baton Rouge International School

  • The school will be closed Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13
  • Starting Monday, March 16, the Dunham School will transition to distance learning through the end of Spring Break (Monday, April 13)
  • All extracurricular activities, including athletics, are postponed at this time
  • Classes will resume on campus Tuesday, April 14
  • The school will shift to distance learning Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 17. Students should return to campus Monday, April 20.
  • School-sponsored events, including co-curricular activities, are either canceled, postponed, or adjusted

Louisiana Key Academy

  • Louisiana Key Academy will be closed March 16 through April 3. Classes will resume Monday, April 6. All after school activities will be suspended beginning March 13. This includes all practices, clubs, tutoring, and aftercare.

UNIVERSITIES

  • Classes canceled the week of March 16
  • Spring Break will be moved up to March 23
  • Beginning March 30, classes will resume online only for the remainder of the spring semester
  • Cancellation of all in-state and out-of-state travel where large groups and crowds convene until further notice
  • Suspension of all regular season competition for BRCC baseball and softball teams until April 3
  • Cancellation or postponement of all large-scale events (25 or more people) at the college until further notice

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

All face-to-face classes are transitioning to online delivery effective Monday, March 23 through the end of the spring semester. The timeline for the transition is as follows:

  • All university offices will remain open and will conduct operations that would normally take place during Spring Break.
  • Classes will resume on Monday, March 23, at which time all face-to-face classes will be delivered via distance/online mode. All academic and student services will be available online and via one-on-one appointments.
  • The library will remain open for individual study and research. Library staff and services will be available online and via one-on-one appointment.

At this time, the campus is not closing. University offices will remain open and will continue to conduct business. All academic and student services will be available online and via a one-on-one appointment. Library and library commons will remain open for individual study and research. Library staff and services will be available online and via a one-on-one appointment.

ITI Technical College

  • All on-campus classes have been suspended as of Sunday, March 15

LSU

  • Students are being asked to return home if they are able to do so. Only those students who have received permission from Residential Life can remain in on-campus housing.
  • Only employees considered to be essential should report to campus as usual
  • Canceling classes starting Monday, March 16 with the exception for LSU Health Science Centers in Shreveport and New Orleans
  • Classes resume after Spring Break online only for remainder of spring semester
  • All tests scheduled at LSU Testing Center for the week of March 16 through 23 are postponed
  • As a precautionary measure, all on-campus events and LSU-sponsored off-campus events of 30 attendees or more are canceled effective immediately, through May 30
  • Events with fewer than 30 attendees will need to receive approval through the LSU Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and any exceptions may also be requested through the EOC. Email lsueoc@lsu.edu for event approvals.
  • All residence halls and on-campus apartments will remain open at this time, however, students are encouraged to return home if you can do so
  • Spring commencement ceremonies are postponed
  • Spring intersession, summer intersession, and summer course will be held online exclusively
Coronavirus: Flattening the curve
  • Classes will be taught online beginning Monday, March 16 for the remainder of the spring semester (for students who do not have online access, the computer lab on the first floor of the Ellender Memorial Library will remain open until 9 p.m. nightly)
  • Residential life housing and dining services will remain open; other campus services will be available (students are encouraged to return home if possible)
  • Those needing to return to campus for more than 30 minutes should call University Police at 985-448-4746 to let them know when they plan to arrive and leave
  • All sporting events, including intramurals, are postponed
  • Rec Center remains open; guest passes will not be sold until further notice
  • Spring commencement ceremonies are postponed

Southeastern Louisiana University

  • Beginning Wednesday, March 18, SLU will transition all in-person classes to remote instruction until further notice
  • Face-to-face classes will not meet Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17
  • Spring commencement ceremonies are postponed. Graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail. Click here for details.
  • All university-sponsored events involving a significant number of participants will be canceled or rescheduled
  • Campus operations continue; employees are expected to report to work
  • The regular eight-week full summer semester and the first four-week semester (Term 1) will include only online classes. Decision on second four-week semester (Term 2) will be made later.

Beginning March 18, employees will transition to an online model. The alternative operational model that the system is implementing during this period will designate employees in one of four categories: (1) essential employees, (2) telecommuting employees, (3) hybrid/telecommuting employees, or (4) employees with a special assignment.

  • Classes will be cancelled March 16 through 21
  • Spring Break will now be held on March 23 through 27. Classes will resume remotely on March 30. Classes will continue remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. Students residing on campus are encouraged to return home.
  • Springs commencement ceremonies are postponed; ceremonies will be held Aug. 7 in conjunction with summer graduation
  • Residence halls are not closing, however, students are being asked to go home if they can. Students who need assistance should call 225-771-4083 or email studentaffairs@subr.edu.
  • If you are unable to leave campus, students are asked to submit a notification of use form by March 20. This form allows Southern to best assess the number of meals and frequency of regular services, including security and facilities management in the resident halls.

Southern University Law at Baton Rouge

  • March 16 through 22 classes will be canceled and engage in faculty professional development activities focused on preparation for remote instruction
  • Starting March 23 courses will move to a hybrid, distance learning, online, or remote format
  • Spring commencement ceremony is postponed
  • Critical courses, externships, and any electives that may require physical interaction will resume as scheduled until further communication has been released from state and local health agencies.

For more up-to-date information, please visit our website at www.sulc.edu or follow us on our social media outlets

Southern University at New Orleans

  • All in-person classes were suspended today at noon. Classes will continue suspension Friday, March 13
  • Spring Break has been rescheduled for the week of March 16
  • Classes will resume remotely on March 23
  • Classes will continue remotely for the remainder of the spring semester
  • Residential housing, dining services, campus facilities, and administrative/staff offices will remain open during regular hours of operation.
  • All university sponsored events with more than 50 attendees will be canceled until further notice
  • All university sponsored international and domestic travel is suspended until further notice.

Southern University Shreveport

  • No in-person classes will be held the week of March 16. However, alternative instruction will be made available for students
  • Spring Break will be held March 23 to 27
  • Classes will resume remotely on March 30

Southern University Agricultural and Research Center

  • All parish, regional, and state-level programming is suspended until further notice. Extension/Outreach staff is to report to their respective normal duty stations

DAY CARES

  • Childcare centers are not included in the executive order signed by Governor John Bel Edwards requiring instructional facilities to close. They have been encouraged to make closure decisions in coordination with their local public health contacts.

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