Class of 2020: Born amid terrorist attack, flooded freshman year, and coronavirus robs them of final senior moments

They’re the moments just about every high school senior looks forward to, the last few months, but the Class of 2020 was pretty much robbed, and the graduating class of Denham Springs High School may have had it even harder.

  BESE selects new state superintendent of education

  Coach O serves as guest speaker at special ceremony for EBR graduates

EBR announces tentative schedule for modified in-person high school graduation ceremonies

La. allocates $41.9M to 500+ struggling schools in the state

  La. families who receive free/reduced lunch can now apply for financial assistance to feed kids

  RPCC holds drive-thru pinning ceremony for nursing grads

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Southeastern holds virtual graduation to celebrate graduates

  New federal student debt payment benefits in effect because of COVID-19 pandemic, here’s how they work

EBR libraries remain closed for Phase 1 but offer additional services

More than 4k diplomas awarded at LSU virtual graduation

Livingston Parish Public Schools offers virtual summer enrichment program

LSU holds virtual graduation celebration

  Former President Obama set to honor SU grads with virtual celebration

Graduates of the Southern University System will be honored by former President Barack Obama as part of a virtual celebration geared toward HBCUs.

RPCC to hold drive-thru pinning ceremony for 2020 practical nursing graduates

River Parishes Community College will hold a drive-thru pinning ceremony for their 2020 practical nursing graduates on Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. at the Gonzales campus.

  BRCC to hold Spring 2020 virtual commencement

Baton Rouge Community College has announced plans for a virtual commencement for its Spring graduates.

Central High seniors to take cap and gown photos, participate in drive-thru celebration

Graduating seniors at Central High School will be able to take cap and gown photos and participate in a drive-thru commencement ceremony in the coming days.

  La. Department of Education releases guidance for summer activities, child care during Phase 1

  SLU waiving some fees for online summer courses

FranU to hold second drive-thru graduation celebration for students Saturday

New summer programs offered by LSU Online & Continuing Education

  UL System plans to resume in-person classes at its 9 schools this fall

LSU to begin Phase 1 of return to campus May 18

  WBR School Board announces plans for drive-thru graduation ceremonies

The West Baton Rouge Parish School Board has now announced graduation plans for the Class of 2020.

Catholic High announces graduation activities

Catholic High School announced it will host several events, with social distancing in place, to honor the CHS Class of 2020.

  La. Dept. of Education provides resources to school systems to ensure strong start for every student

The Louisiana Department of Education has released new resources to help school systems ensure every student gets off to a strong start for the 2020-2021 school year.

Louisiana Supreme Court makes changes to July bar exam

The Louisiana Supreme Court (the Court) and the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions (LASCBA) announced Friday, May 8 changes to the July 2020 bar exam.

Bill would ban refusing college transcripts because of debt

Louisiana lawmakers are considering a proposal that would ban public colleges from withholding a student’s transcript, grades or diplomas because of outstanding debts.

  Assumption Parish School Board votes out superintendent during Zoom meeting

Jeremy Couvillion, the superintendent of Assumption Parish public schools, will soon be out of a job after a virtual board meeting Wednesday, May 6.

  School leaders give Class of 2020 a walk, diploma & professional pictures as memories

It’s a silent and empty auditorium at MSA West in Plaquemine, but the cheers of parents do fill the room.

Dr. Willie Smith named new chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College

Dr. Willie E. Smith was selected as the chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors during a special called meeting of the executive committee on Wednesday, May 6.

  Seniors at St. Amant High School celebrate with graduation parade

Seniors at St. Amant High School celebrated their graduation by participating in a parade in the town.

  New proposal could help La. teachers buy educational materials as distance learning continues

As distance learning continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new proposal could help Louisiana teachers buy educational materials.

LSU to hold engineering summer camps for kids virtually

LSU announced Wednesday, May 6 that some of its College of Engineering summer campus for K-12 students will still happen... virtually.

Southeastern students to receive over $5 million via CARES act

$5.2 million will go directly to students in the form of financial grants to cover increased cost of university attendance.

  Belaire Magnet High celebrates seniors in remarkable way amid ongoing pandemic

Walking across the stage to get a high school diploma is a moment many folks take for granted but for the 147 seniors at Belaire Magnet High School, it is a moment that may not come due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  As parents adjust to distance learning, school leaders say if necessary, reach out for help

Schools officials say if your child is having trouble with distance learning, you should reach out to your child's teacher.

  Adults returning to school to finish degree get nearly 45% off tuition through new program

The University of Louisiana System is announcing a special tuition rate for Louisiana adults returning to school to finish their degree though Compete LA.

  Education leaders to speak at mayor’s virtual town hall Tuesday

The program will examine how Baton Rouge is working to deliver quality education and related services in the midst of a public health crisis.

  School principal delivers memories by taking portable stage to every graduating senior’s home

High school senior moments are the memories everyone cherishes years later, but the coronavirus became the headline for the Class of 2020.

$30K in laptops distributed by the Walls Project

With school closures across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic and students having to work from home,the Walls Project with the help of Cox Communications and ExxonMobil in Baton Rouge were able to distribute $30,000 in laptops to children from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in nee

Ascension Public Schools announces graduation ceremony schedule contingent upon state entering Phase 1 of reopening

Ascension Public Schools announced Friday, May 1 its plans to hold graduation ceremonies for its seniors.

La. Department of Education to distribute nearly $260 million to school systems

On Friday, May 1 the Louisiana Department of Education will distribute nearly $260 million in federal relief funding to school systems statewide to support their efforts to recover from school closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  EBRPSS holding virtual job fair Thursday

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) announced Monday, April 27 that registration is now open for its first-ever virtual job fair.

  Livingston Parish Schools superintendent calls for 12-month employees to return to amended work schedule on May 4

Livingston Parish School Superintendent Joe Murphy announced today (Wednesday, April 29) that he will have all 12-month employees return to work at their assigned campuses and the central office on May 4 in an effort to begin a phased-in work recovery from the COVID-19 closures that have been in eff

  EBR Parish School System launches distance learning website, grading plan

On Wednesday, April 29, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) released its grading plan for the remainder of the school year and launched its distance learning website.

  Car parade held in W Feliciana Parish to celebrate high school seniors

It was a day that certainly didn’t turn out as planned, but they made the most of it.

  Distance learning may take a toll on your child’s mental health, here’s how to help

Uncertainty, this pandemic can really take a toll on emotional and mental health, especially for your children.

  LSU interim president says safety is the guide to decide when classes, sports will resume

With sports taking a back seat to COVID-19 and the new school year on the horizon, many are wondering what’s the plan when school starts in the fall?

  Teachers share their COVID-19 distance learning experiences

Three teachers share their experiences with distance learning as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

  Students can distance learn on multiple devices, but is it too much screen time?

Distance learning presents a new set of challenges for families and students during the COVID-19 crisis. Experts said it's about balancing your student's new routine and online activity.

LSU offering discounted spring/summer tuition

Students must register by April 27.

La. Board of Regents approves emergency rules to address admissions, placement, dual enrollment for public higher ed students

The Louisiana Board of Regents met virtually Wednesday, April 22 to approve emergency rules addressing admissions, placement, and dual enrollment for students attending public colleges and universities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Chemistry student stuck on campus fills empty dorm with music

With his lab on Southern University's campus on lockdown, the walls of his dorm closing in, and weeks of free time, what is a material scientist to do?

Livingston Parish Public Schools announces plans for academic calendar, graduation, pre-k registration, more

Livingston Parish Public Schools announced Tuesday, April 21 that school leaders have approved an action plan for moving forward as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

EBR Schools Superintendent says your child’s school and teacher will reach out about devices, internet

Warren Drake, superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, has issued a statement to parents about distance learning for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year.

La. Department of Education releases survey results regarding continuous education in public schools

The Louisiana Department of Education today released survey results that show progress in the number of school systems offering some level of continuous education to students amid the extended closure of public school facilities to curb the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

LSU junior awarded prestigious Truman Scholarship

LSU junior Sarah Procopio, a native of Baton Rouge, and former Baton Rouge Magnet High Bulldog became the 12th Tiger to be awarded the Truman Scholarship.

  Class in the kitchen: Teach your kids math, science, social studies with a cooking lesson

School is closed and you may be scrambling to keep the kids educated and entertained at home. Anne Milneck, owner of Red Stick Spice Co, invited WAFB into her kitchen, at a safe distance of course, to show us that cooking is a great place to start.

  There are still options for students to receive financial aid during COVID-19 crisis

Get the most of scholarships and financial aid during the pandemic.

  La. Dept. of Education releases guidance to school districts about how to proceed for remainder of year

The Louisiana Department of Education released guidance for school districts to make sure students in all grade levels are awarded proper credit and grade-promotion.

1,000 families to receive free Cox internet for 6 months for school work

Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) say a local non-profit, Every Kid a King, has partnered with Cox Communications to offer 1,000 families in the parish free internet service for six months so children can complete their school work.

  School districts respond to La. governor’s announcement to keep schools closed through remainder of school year

On Wednesday, April 15, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  SCHOOLS: Closures, schedule changes due to spread of coronavirus

Here's where you can get free meals for students while schools are closed.

  Gov. Edwards closes La. public school buildings for the rest of 2019-2020 academic year

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Monday, April 13 that he expects to be issuing an executive order to keep all K-12 public schools closed in the state through the end of this current school year.

  Teacher of 40 years surprised with car parade to celebrate her retirement

Why should the pandemic get in the way of a good time?! A community finds the responsible way to celebrate the end of an era.

Group delivering meals to children granted $50k to operate through summer

Hundreds of thousands of meals will continue to reach children throughout the summer in southeast Louisiana.

Some Louisiana universities consider, implement changes to admissions policy due to COVID-19

Many students are still waiting to take or re-take standardized tests. It's a requirement for a number of Louisiana's universities but that could change.

BESE posts video interviews online for La. state superintendent candidates, asks for public input

The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has now posted video interviews online of the six candidates vying for the position of state superintendent of public education.

Livingston Parish public schools will continue distance learning through May 22

Livingston Parish School Superintendent Joe Murphy announced today that district educators will continue to provide blended models of remote learning for their students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to comply with the governor’s orders that students will not be allowed to return to

Belaire High teachers send out motivational speeches to 2020 seniors

Teachers took turns recording selfie videos talking to the graduating class.

Chimp Haven features new online educational activities

Looking for some ‘wild’ excitement while at home?

  SU moves summer courses online due to coronavirus pandemic

Southern University officials announced Thursday, April 9 that all summer classes at its New Orleans, Shreveport, and Baton Rouge campuses (including the Law Center) will be held online.

LSU junior becomes 36th winner of Goldwater Scholarship

LSU junior Brianna Robertson, a Honors College student and Stamps Scholar from Slidell, La. has been named a 2020 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.

BESE asks Gov. Edwards to close La. public schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has asked Governor John Bel Edwards to extend his proclamation to close the state’s public schools for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

Tulane receives $10 million grant to fight COVID-19

The Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington has been awarded $10.3 million to evaluate the nation's most promising vaccines and treatments to combat COVID-19.

  FranU nursing school seniors to graduate early to help combat COVID-19

Nearly 40 seniors will graduate a month early to join the workforce.

Gov. Edwards proclamation changes some TOPS eligibility requirements

Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a proclamation to make changes to the eligibility requirements for TOPS.

  Next steps for La. seniors amid coronavirus closures

The LDOE addresses course credits, assessments, graduation ceremonies and diplomas.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with 22 days of Earth Day challenges

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Earth Day Network is launching 22 days of Earth Day with daily challenges.

Get creative! LSU Museum of Art goes online

With everything going on due to COVID-19, the LSU Museum of Art is offering for you to get creative at home!