Yesterday, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a new Executive Order for Louisiana’s response to COVID-19. During his press conference, he complimented the work of Louisiana’s schools and applauded the efforts to follow safety guidelines that enable schools to offer in-person learning while mitigating infectious spread.
Today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana will go into a "Revised Phase 2" starting tomorrow until Dec. 23, 2020. We are waiting to see the details of the Executive Order, but Governor Edwards did state that a decision on the operations of schools will be made by local school districts.
We know everyone is looking forward to the upcoming break! Although we have stated it over and over, it continues to be worth stating: what our students, our teachers, our staff members, and you as parents have been able to accomplish to this point is absolutely amazing.
As October comes to a close, we are thankful for many things. First, we did not have any significant impacts to our campuses from Hurricane Zeta. We are grateful that our teachers and students were able to continue learning remotely while we waited for the storm to travel through our area. Utilizing technology in this instance allows us to provide an uninterrupted educational experience, thus avoiding the possibility of canceling scheduled holidays or extending the school year.
We are fortunate to have outstanding employees in every position who work to ensure students experience quality services at every touchpoint. We traditionally set aside time each spring for a unified effort of appreciation. However, we want to take a moment to recognize a very special group of educators.
This week, we have enjoyed a successful transition from an alternate day hybrid approach to daily in-person learning for all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. As of Wednesday this week, we are serving students in Pre-K through 8th grade in-person each day.
We are excited to be able to begin our transition into Phase 3 guidelines for services to students. These guidelines create new opportunities for us to be able to serve larger groups sizes, transport more students, and allow more extra-curricular activities. Many of these guidelines have been recently updated. In fact, some parameters for band, choir, and theater were updated as recently as yesterday. As these updates are provided to us from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), we will shift and adjust accordingly.
We are happy to hear that Governor John Bel Edwards is moving Louisiana into Phase 3 of reopening tomorrow. This will provide us new opportunities to transition towards more normal school operations. However, we will need to take some time to work out the details of any transitions to ensure the safety of all.
Happy Friday! I know everyone is glad to be headed into an extended weekend break. We wish everyone a safe, restful, and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.