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The St. Tammany Parish Public School System continues to keep the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff as our highest priority. As a school district, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and taking guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

STPPS employees have returned to schools and work sites, but the buildings remain closed to the public. For assistance, please email a school administrator or call the main district phone number (985-892-2276).

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2020-2021 Back to School Planning Guide

Frequently Asked Questions 
Remote Learning Resources
Mental Health Support Resources and Links

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COVID-19 & 2020-21
School Year Updates

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

STPPS DELAYS START OF 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
The St. Tammany Parish Public School System is pushing back the start date for the 2020-2021 school year to after Labor Day, following a School Board recommendation to delay school reopening.

“The School Board directed us last week to coordinate with the St. Tammany Federation of Teachers and School Employees to adjust the calendar to delay the start of school to after Labor Day,” said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia. “The determination if we start school with in-person, hybrid or distance learning will be determined by the phase the state is in when school starts in September.”

Students will now begin their school year September 8-11 in a staggered approach with “Safe Start Days” where one-fourth of students will report to school each day based on the first letter of their last name. On September 14, students will begin their regular school schedule, whether it is distance learning, hybrid, or in-person at that time. The STPPS Virtual School will follow the revised calendar. The calendar and plans based on state phases are available on the School System website at www.stpsb.org.

Teachers will return to school in person August 31-September 3 for professional development and September 4 is Teachers' Day.

To make up for missed instructional time, changes have been made to the calendar. Students and employees will now report to work on previously scheduled days off October 2, November 23-24, December 21-22, February 15-19, and April 7-9. Students will also now attend for a full day on October 9 and March 12.

STPPS had previously planned for “Safe Start Days” to take place August 11-14 before the first full day of school for all students on August 17.

STPPS is prepared to focus on instruction while at the same time addressing the physical, mental, and social well-being of our students and needs of our community. Health and safety protocols will be in place to keep students, families, and employees safe and healthy. Read more about our 2020-2021 School Year Planning Guide: Moving Forward Together.

View the revised 2020-2021 STPPS calendar

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 23, 2020

2020-2021 BUS TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONNAIRE
STPPS has released a bus transportation questionnaire to determine the transportation needs for students as preparations are made to begin the 2020-2021 school year.

Complete the Bus Transportation Questionnaire

Responses will be collected through Friday, July 31, 2020. Parents and caregivers are asked to complete a questionnaire for each student who attends an STPPS school.

We encourage all STPPS parents and caregivers to complete this important bus transportation questionnaire. The number of students who require bus transportation when schools open could have a significant impact on logistics. We have almost 30,000 students who normally ride school buses each day. The safety guidelines currently in place make safely transporting that many students a major challenge for our School System as we welcome as many students as possible back on our campuses.

Guidelines for bus operation require a reduction in bus capacity with 25 percent allowed in phase 1, 50 percent in phase 2, and 75 percent in phase 3. Safety protocols on buses include the requirement of masks or face coverings for adults and students in grades 3-12, frequent cleaning and sanitation, and spacing of students to the greatest extent possible.

A recently conducted survey of parents and caregivers provided an overview of transportation needs that was helpful in the planning process, but an accurate count of students is now needed. Student names, school names, and other information will be collected to get more precise data.

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 23, 2020

SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTS POLICIES REGARDING REOPENING SCHOOLS
The St. Tammany Parish School Board adopted policies in response to BESE Emergency Rule- Bulletin 741 and Reopening School Facilities for the 2020-2021 School Year during the July 22, 2020, Special Board Meeting.

View the policies

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 23, 2020

2020-2021 BACK TO SCHOOL PLANNING GUIDE
STPPS district leaders and school administrators are continuing to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year as the situation and guidance from local, state and federal government, and health officials continue to evolve. The STPPS 2020-2021 School Year Planning Guide is now available to provide stakeholders with the most current plan for the beginning of the school year and safe operation of schools throughout the school year.

At this time, the plan is for students enrolled in STPPS brick-and-mortar schools to begin the school year with students in grades Pre K-5 following the traditional learning model where they would attend school in person five days a week. Students in grades 6-12 would follow the hybrid model, which is a combination of distance learning and traditional in-person learning on the school campus. Under the hybrid model, students with a last name beginning with A-K would attend school for a full day in person Monday, Wednesday, and every other Friday. Students with a last name beginning with L-Z would attend school for a full day in person Tuesday, Thursday, and every other Friday. When not physically present in the school building, students will participate in required distance learning.

All STPPS parents and caregivers will be asked to complete a bus transportation questionnaire to help in planning bus routes and logistics. The questionnaire will be available on the district website and will be open through Friday, July 31, 2020.

The STPPS Virtual School is an option for families who would prefer a full-time virtual school environment. The STPPS Virtual School will begin at the start of the school year and operation will not be dependent on state phases or learning model the rest of the district is using at a given time. Students who choose to enroll in the virtual school should remain enrolled for a minimum of one semester. Students must withdraw from their currently enrolled school to enroll in the virtual school.

The STPPS 2020-2021 School Year Planning Guide provides an overview of safety protocols and operational standards that will be in place when students attend school in person, including cleaning and disinfection protocols, screening and temperature checks, face masks required for adults and students in grades 3-12, social distancing, food service modifications, and school bus capacity reductions.

Although plans are still tentative, we are preparing to begin our school year August 11-14 with "Safe Start Days" where one-fourth of students will report to school each day based on the first letter of their last name. Under this tentative plan, students will begin their regular school schedule on August 17. The St. Tammany Parish School Board directed the Superintendent to look at options to delay the start of school until after Labor Day at the July 22, 2020, board meeting. Once a decision has been made on whether school will start later than the current plan an announcement will be made by the district.

Plans were developed based on input from parents/caregivers and employees, feedback from school administrators, and following guidance and policies for beginning the school year safely for students, families, and employees.

We appreciate the patience of our STPPS family as we continue to carefully make decisions in the best interest of our students, families, employees, and community.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR PLANNING SURVEY RESULTS
STPPS conducted a survey to assess the needs of our families, students, and employees as we continue to plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The results are in and provide valuable input as decisions are made moving forward.

“The positive response to our surveys is a testament to the collaboration it takes to begin the school year safely. In STPPS, we are proud to have families who are actively involved in their children’s education and employees who know they are respected and have a voice,” said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia. “We hear the ideas, concerns, and feedback of our stakeholders, and we are taking them into consideration as we move forward with making plans. We are continuing to carefully and prudently make the best decisions for all 55 of our schools, 39,000 students and their families, and almost 6,000 employees.”

The parent/caregiver survey yielded 29,234 responses and the employee survey yielded 5,566 responses. Approximately 75 percent of our students, 93 percent of our employees and all 55 schools were represented. All grade levels were uniformly represented in both surveys.

Key takeaways from the parent/caregiver survey:

  • 65.6% of respondents would feel comfortable sending their child to school in person
  • 75.9% of respondents said they are planning for their child to return to school in person
  • 6,502 respondents said they would consider enrolling their child in the STPPS Virtual School
  • 51.4% of students who would normally ride a bus may be able to be dropped off/picked up instead of riding the bus if capacity has to be reduced for social distancing
  • The most common open-ended general feedback response was an interest in virtual school and remote learning
  • Common open-ended responses about what would make respondents more comfortable were knowing the schools are following and enforcing safety protocols including face coverings, reduced capacity and class sizes, screening, social distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting
  • Some respondents questioned how safety protocols including face coverings, social distancing and scheduling would be feasible in a school setting
  • Some parents/caregivers responded that they need to know a more finalized plan for the beginning of the school year before they can make decisions for their children

Key takeaways from the employee survey:

  • 78.9% of employees who responded feel comfortable returning to work in person in August with currently recommended safety protocols being enforced
  • 27.7% of respondents have concerns about childcare or other personal situations that would make reporting to work a challenge
  • 28.2% of respondents said they would be considered high risk for COVID-19 and 17.5% of those at high risk said it would limit the essential function of their job
  • 91.8% said they have a computer or device at home and 95.4% have internet to work remotely if needed
  • Common open-ended responses include the need for more information about the plan, more communication, need to know what is expected of them and they need further training on remote teaching and new safety protocols. High-risk employees explained their unique situations and safety modifications that would make them feel comfortable.

The survey results are being evaluated along with guidelines from the Louisiana Department of Education, health officials and the Governor’s Office to develop districtwide plans and school-level plans for a variety of scenarios depending on any new guidance that is received and the phase our state is in when the school year begins.

The surveys were open July 6-10 and were emailed, posted on the STPPS website and social media. Employees and parents/guardians also received a robocall and app notification. All responses were anonymous.

Updated plans will be made available as soon as possible to assist families and employees in planning for the beginning of the school year.

View 2020-2021 Planning Survey Results

STPPS LAUNCHES VIRTUAL SCHOOL
The St. Tammany Parish Public School System has launched the STPPS Virtual School, a full-time virtual school open to students in grades K-12 who live in St. Tammany Parish.

“Before the COVID-19 pandemic, plans were being made to open a full-time virtual school to help meet the changing needs of our families and community. The coronavirus re-confirmed the need for a virtual school option, and we were able to expedite our plans to launch in time for the 2020-2021 school year,” said Assistant Superintendent Amiee Lemane.

The STPPS Virtual School is a full-time online school option for students providing the flexibility to learn anytime, anywhere through online courses while still receiving the support of certified teachers and district resources. Learning will be through an online learning platform and students will be expected to follow attendance requirements including working a minimum number of hours each day/week. Support will be provided online and in person by certified STPPS teachers, counselors and administrators. Individualized plans will be made to accommodate special education students and English learners.

Students will be required to have a computer or tablet and reliable internet access.

If a parent is considering this virtual option for a student with an IEP or IAP, a team meeting must be held to determine how a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) can be provided through a virtual learning platform.

“We know many people are eagerly awaiting more information about the upcoming school year. We are working to get that information out quickly, but we wanted to let parents and caregivers know about the STPPS Virtual School as they make the best decisions for their children,” said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia.

At this time, STPPS has general plans for various scenarios to adhere to guidelines that may be in place and the phase our state is in when the school year begins. Although these plans are tentative, the district is preparing to implement any scenario as the situation evolves including distance learning, a hybrid learning experience, and in-person instruction.

The STPPS Virtual School will begin at the start of the school year and operation will not be dependent on state phases or learning model the rest of the district is using at a given time. Students will be expected to remain enrolled in the virtual school for a minimum of one semester, and students must withdraw from their currently enrolled school to enroll.

Registration for the STPPS Virtual School is open online and more information is available at www.stpsb.org/virtual.

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UPDATE: Monday, July 13, 2020

STPPS DELAYS START OF 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
The St. Tammany Parish Public School System has delayed the start of the 2020-2021 school year for students in grades Pre K-12. The 2020-2021 school year will now have a staggered start beginning August 11-14 to ensure safety protocols are in place and employees are trained and prepared for the learning model in place at that time.

“We are still making plans for how the beginning of the school year will look depending on the phase the state is in at that time,” said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia. “Our Safe Start Plan allows for teachers and support employees to have additional days to prepare for students before they return to school, whether it is in person, hybrid, or distance learning at that time. Our recent surveys of parents and employees showed a lot of people would be open to this option and it would help students, families, and employees feel more comfortable and prepared for the start of school.”

Students will begin their school year following the learning model in place at that time in a staggered approach in small groups to provide a safe and productive re-entry to school. August 11-14 will be “Safe Start Days” where one-fourth of students will report to school each day. This will be based on the first letter of their last name. On August 17, students will begin their regular school schedule, whether it is distance learning, hybrid, or in-person at that time.

All employees will report to work on their regular scheduled date. Teachers will return to school in person August 3-7 for professional development; Teachers Day is August 10.
  
Additional Teacher Professional Development Days will allow time for:

  • Training on safety protocols and distance learning
  • Prepare classrooms based on phased guidance
  • Prepare for implementation of new classroom/school procedures

Student Safe Start Days will allow time for:

  • Learning new in-person or distance learning routines and procedures
  • Administration of diagnostic tests and other assessments to determine unfinished learning
  • Daily bus counts to determine transportation needs if students return in person

As part of the revisions to the calendar, students will now report to school October 9 and March 12 for a half-day on the previously scheduled Professional Development/Record Keeping Days. All holidays remain intact and unchanged.

The revised calendar for the 2020-2021 school year is available at www.stpsb.org.

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 9, 2020

PLAN STATUS UPDATE
STPPS district leaders and school administrators are continuing to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, and we are receiving good feedback from employees and parents from the surveys we opened this week. We ask that anyone who has not filled out a survey to do so by Friday at 5PM. It is important for us to have input as we make plans.

Complete Parent/Caregiver Survey
Please complete a separate survey for each child.

Complete Employee Survey

“In addition to getting input through the surveys, our district leadership team has held video conferences with school administrators to discuss tentative plans and determine the unique needs of all 55 of our schools,” said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia. “Once these needs are determined, survey results are evaluated, and new guidance is provided in the coming week, we will be able to develop more details about how our schools can safely open to students and employees. We’re having frequent Zoom meetings and conference calls in consultation with representatives from a variety of health and government organizations to ensure we have the proper safety protocols and procedures in place.”

At this time, our general plans include multiple phases and options pending policies may be put in place by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and recommended guidelines from the Louisiana Department of Education, health officials and the Governor’s Office. We are planning for a variety of scenarios to adhere to the recommendations and guidelines that may be in place and the phase our state is in when the school year begins. Although these plans are tentative, we are preparing to implement any of them as the situation evolves.

If Louisiana is in Phase 1: A distance learning experience would likely be implemented.

If Louisiana is in Phase 2: Students would attend school in person to the greatest extent possible with modifications for class sizes, social distancing, and other safety guidelines. A hybrid learning experience with a combination of traditional and distance learning, block schedules, and various other options based on grade level are being considered.

If Louisiana is in Phase 3: Students would likely attend school in person with recommended safety protocols and social distancing provisions in place.

A full time virtual school option will also be available through our new STPPS Virtual School. Details and more information will be provided soon.

We appreciate the patience of our STPPS family as we continue to carefully make decisions in the best interest of our students, families, employees and community.

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UPDATE: Monday, July 6, 2020

2020-2021 PLANNING SURVEY
The St. Tammany Parish Public School System is continuing to work through details and guidance to plan for the 2020-2021 school year with the top priority being the health and safety of students and employees. So we can best support our families, students, and employees we ask that parents/caregiver and employees complete a survey by 5 PM on July 10, 2020. Participation is voluntary and responses are confidential.

Complete Parent/Caregiver Survey
Please complete a separate survey for each child.

Complete Employee Survey

“We are hoping to begin classes in person in August, and we are working on plans to begin the school year safely with a variety of possible scenarios for learning options,” said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia. “We want to hear from our families and employees to gauge the needs of our community and involve them in the planning process as we move forward planning for the 2020-2021 school year.”

The parent/caregiver survey addresses topics including the comfort level of students returning to school in person, face coverings, bus transportation and communication preferences. Please complete a separate survey for each child.

The employee survey assesses the needs and comfort level of employees returning to work in August.

As previously announced, our school system is working with individual schools to develop school-based plans that will be fluid and routinely adjusted. We are planning for various scenarios to provide engaging learning experience depending on the phase our state is in at the beginning of the school year. We are considering various learning options including: Traditional Learning: Open schools to students while following CDC recommended safety guidelines for class sizes, social distancing and movement, etc. Hybrid Learning: Combination of traditional and distance learning Distance Learning: Teacher led remote instruction and learning Virtual Learning: 100% virtual school (no extracurricular activities) with support from STPPS teachers

We are planning to implement protocols based on guidance from health officials, including safety precautions such as handwashing stations, hand sanitizer, social distancing, health screenings, and reducing capacity on school buses, classrooms and common areas on campus.

Updates and additional information about STPPS 2020-2021 school year planning will be posted at www.stpsb.org/coronavirus.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 18, 2020

2020-2021 STPPS School Year Planning

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. As we plan for the 2020-2021 school year, our school-based plans will be fluid and routinely adjusted. We are planning for various scenarios as we await guidance from health officials, the LDOE and the Resilient Louisiana Education Workforce Taskforce.

At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, our district is prepared to focus on instruction while at the same time addressing the physical, mental and social well-being of our students and needs of our community.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves and as additional guidance is issued during the summer, we will update the plan online.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Administrators are continuing to plan outdoor graduations for the STPPS Class of 2020. Details including the number of guests allowed, safety protocols, rain dates, and other information will be posted on the school websites.

The dates and times of the graduation ceremonies being held at each of the eight high schools are as follows.

June 20 – Lakeshore High at 10 AM
June 20 – Northshore High at 10 AM
June 22 – Slidell High at 7 PM
June 23 – Mandeville High at 7 PM
June 24 – Pearl River High at 7 PM
June 25 – Salmen High at 7 PM
June 26 – Covington High at 7 PM
June 27 – Fontainebleau High at 10 AM

The ceremonies will be live streamed for those who are not able to attend in person.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 11, 2020

Modified Graduation Ceremonies Expanded to More Traditional Format
After receiving feedback from our graduates, their families and the community, and working with the administrators of our high schools, we have decided to expand our modified graduation ceremonies to a more traditional format at each of the eight high school stadiums.

"Following the announcement of indoor modified ceremonies last week, we have heard from our students how important it is to have a traditional graduation ceremony with the entire graduating class in attendance at the same time," said Superintendent Trey Folse. "Working together with school principals, we feel like we can provide the traditional graduation experience for our graduates while remaining safe."

The graduation ceremonies will be held on the same dates. Final decisions on times will be made by Monday afternoon.

June 20 – Lakeshore High
June 20 – Northshore High
June 22 – Slidell High
June 23 – Mandeville High
June 24 – Pearl River High
June 25 – Salmen High
June 26 – Covington High
June 27 – Fontainebleau High

School administrators are expanding their previous plans to best meet the needs of their individual school community and will provide additional details as soon as they are available on each high school’s website.

The district will continue to take steps to ensure that these celebrations are memorable and safe. The events will follow guidelines and protocols from local, state, and federal health officials to ensure the safety of graduates and others in attendance. To ensure appropriate social distancing, the number of guest will be limited based on the size of the graduating class and stadium.

The graduations will be live streamed on the School System Facebook page and made available for viewing afterwards on to provide those who are not able to attend in person an option to celebrate the graduates remotely.

Attendance is optional for students and families, and any students who choose not to participate will be mailed their diploma.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

P-EBT Application Deadline Extended to June 15
The deadline for applying to the state Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program has been extended to Monday, June 15th. This program allows families of students who normally receive free or reduced-priced meals at school extra help buying groceries for those in need of assistance. You must complete an online application to be issued a P-EBT debit card by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. Eligible families may view the P-EBT flyer for more information and to apply online.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Modified High School Graduation Ceremonies Announced
Modified graduation exercises will be held June 20-27 for the STPPS Class of 2020 on campus at each of the district’s eight high schools.

Modified graduation ceremony dates and start times are as follows. Each school will follow a different schedule so please visit the school websites for details.

June 20 – Lakeshore High at 10 AM
June 20 – Northshore High at 2 PM
June 22 – Slidell High at 6 PM
June 23 – Mandeville High at 6 PM
June 24 – Pearl River High at 6PM
June 25 – Salmen High at 6 PM
June 26 – Covington High at 6 PM
June 27 – Fontainebleau High at 10 AM

“We understand the importance of holding high school graduations in person to celebrate the important milestone in the lives of our graduates and their families. We have received helpful feedback from our graduates and community and have worked with administrators and other stakeholders to plan modified graduations ceremonies,” said Superintendent Trey Folse. “Although these ceremonies will be different than traditional graduations, we are committed to providing a safe and meaningful opportunity to recognize the accomplishments and resilience of the STPPS Class of 2020.”

Administrators at each high school are planning the ceremonies to best meet the needs of their individual school and community. Principals will be sharing additional information and logistics with their school communities. Please visit the school websites for specific schedules and details for each graduation. Ceremonies will be held indoors and will include the opportunity for graduates to wear their caps and gowns and receive their diplomas.

The district and schools are taking steps to ensure that these celebrations are memorable and safe. The events will follow guidelines and protocols from local, state, and federal health officials to ensure the safety of graduates and others in attendance. Everyone will have their temperature checked prior to entering the building and will be required to bring a mask covering their mouth and nose, but students will be allowed to remove their mask for their graduation picture. In order to follow social distancing guidelines, all graduates, their families, and guests will not be allowed to congregate at the same time in the same space. Principals will clarify how many guests are allowed per graduate and the time and place students and guests should arrive for the ceremony. Details will be added to each school website.

Virtual graduations will be available to watch at a later time on the School System social media channels, district website, and YouTube to provide those who are not able to attend in person an option to celebrate the graduates remotely.

Attendance is optional for students and families, and any students who choose not to participate will be mailed their diploma.

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UPDATE: Friday, May 22, 2020

The 2019-2020 school year officially came to a close on May 22, and we know there are still uncertainties and unanswered questions about this situation and the impacts on our students, families, employees, and community. Please know we are working hard to make plans following the guidance of local, state and federal leaders, and health officials. The health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priority as decisions are made for moving forward.

High School Graduation Ceremonies
We have been planning in-person graduations for this summer, if and when it was determined to be safe. We were hoping to use our traditional venue of the University Center on the SLU campus with reduced capacity after the state’s Phase 2 guidelines were scheduled to be implemented on June 5, 2020. Our principals and students thought it was worth the wait.

We just learned that SLU will not be allowing any ceremonies until after July 31, 2020, at the earliest. Our high school principals have met and we are now moving towards new plans to use our school facilities for modified ceremonies.

"I value our high school graduations, and realize this is an important milestone for our seniors," said Superintendent Trey Folse. "We all promise to do our very best to make this year’s ceremonies as special as possible for the Class of 2020."

We plan to hold graduations in late June, and will release specific dates and further information as soon as possible. Thank you to our students and parents for your patience as we work to figure out the safest options for the celebrations.

Return to Work Plan for STPPS Employees
To close out the school year and prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the St. Tammany Parish Public School System has developed a plan for employees to return to their work sites beginning Tuesday, May 26.

"The health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priority as our employees return to their worksites and decisions are made for moving forward," said Superintendent Trey Folse. "We continue to follow guidelines and guidance from local, state and federal leaders and health officials and have implemented a comprehensive plan to help ensure safe environments in our schools and support sites."

Employees will be contacted by their supervisor regarding their return to work date and procedures. Nine-month employees, including teachers, will not be required to report to their worksite unless notified otherwise by their supervisor. Those nine-month employees who need to access their classrooms or school sites should contact their supervisor to set up a time to report and will be subject to safety screening.

At this time, schools and support sites are not open to the public or visitors. Parents and the general public should contact the school by calling the main school phone number or by emailing a school administrator for school level assistance or the main district phone number (985-892-2276) for district-level assistance.

Safeguards are in place in all facilities including enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, signage, and social distancing. Anyone entering STPPS schools or support sites will be required to wear a face mask and undergo a temperature check and health questionnaire.

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UPDATE: Monday, May 18, 2020

The STPPS Grab-and-Go meal program will end May 22, the last day of the 2019-2020 school year. Since March 18, STPPS has provided hot lunches and prepackaged breakfasts each week day and distributed of boxes of shelf-stable meals for children in St. Tammany Parish.

"During normal times when schools are open, almost 50 percent of our students and families rely on receiving free or reduced breakfasts and lunches at school. We felt it was extremely important to continue to offer the meals during these unprecedented times, because we know that the number of students and families in need is now likely higher than 50 percent," said Superintendent Trey Folse. "We hope this program has provided assistance to our students in order to meet basic needs so they can continue to learn through our Remote Learning Resources."

We understand the importance for those in need to have access to nutritious meals even after the STPPS Grab-and-Go meal program comes to an end. Families of students who normally receive free or reduced-priced meals at school are eligible for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program through the state. This program will provide extra help buying groceries for those in need of assistance. Families of children who receive free or reduced-priced meals must complete an online application to be issued a P-EBT debit card by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Eligible families may view the P-EBT flyer for more information and to apply online.

Families who have not qualified for free and reduced meals through the School System and want to apply now to be eligible for the P-EBT program may do so online at https://cafefr.stpsb.org/ before June 1. The state advised if families were not eligible for free and reduced meals when schools were open and choose to apply now to be eligible for the P-EBT program, they will only receive the benefits for May.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, will be the final Grab-and-Go box meal distribution. The box will contain shelf-stable items for 10 days of lunches and breakfasts to last two weeks through the end of the school year. The 10-day boxes will be available for pickup at Lakeshore High, Mandeville High, Monteleone Junior High, Northshore High, Pearl River High, Pitcher Junior High, Slidell Junior High, and St. Tammany Junior High from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The daily Grab-and-Go hot lunches and prepackaged breakfasts will operate as normal.

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UPDATE: Friday, May 8, 2020

Parent Technology Survey Taking Place Through May 15
Homeroom and first hour teachers will be calling parents through May 15, 2020, in order to get feedback about technology access at home. This survey is being conducted in order to help the St. Tammany Parish Public School System determine internet and computer access across our parish as we prepare for the future. Individual information will not be shared with outside organizations. We ask that all parents participate in this survey so that as we move forward, we can continue to provide an education to each and every child to the best of our abilities.

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UPDATE: Friday, April 17, 2020

Following the announcement by Governor Edwards to keep schools closed the remainder of the school year, the St. Tammany Parish Public School System remains committed to meeting the needs of our students with new and expanded opportunities for remote learning and support to help ensure students are academically ready when they return for the 2020-2021 school year.

"While our students may not be in our classrooms and schools for the remainder of this school year, we have a continuous learning plan in place to prepare them for the future," said Superintendent Trey Folse. "We know all students have different needs during this time, and we will be providing options for Every Child, Every Day for a Successful Tomorrow."

Fourth Quarter Remote Learning Resources
Beginning Monday, April 20, teachers will use online learning platforms, including teacher webpages, Moodle courses and/or Google Classrooms to provide students with continued learning opportunities that align with the fourth quarter curriculum, and are expected to be available to provide support for parents and students on a daily basis. Teachers will communicate expectations, post assignments, and provide descriptive feedback to students.

The district will also expand Remote Learning Resources to provide grade-specific daily schedules and activities for parents to use on Remote Learning Resources webpage on the district website. Inside these resources, parents will find learning expectations for each week, along with ways for students to learn and practice concepts and create a product showing a student’s ability to apply what they have learned.

If a student does not have access to online content, a parent should contact the school principal through the school hotline number to request printed materials.

New Guidance for Grades K-11
Following Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) guidance, district staff continues to plan for the diverse needs of the children in our school system. Information about how the closure impacts student grades, grade promotion, and continued learning will continue to be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions section on the district website as more information becomes available.

Student Support for 2020-2021 School Year
Although remote learning cannot replace in-classroom learning, we want students to be as prepared as they can be moving forward. Since the first announcement of the school closure on March 13, remote learning resources have been provided on the district website allowing students and parents to review, refresh, and reinforce previous student learning. Teachers have used online platforms to communicate and support students and families as we navigated the transition to learning at home. We also developed a series of remote learning resource videos featuring instruction by our own STPPS teachers that air on STPPS TV and on demand online.

We know that students learn at different levels at school and they may have new challenges when it comes to learning at home. When the 2020-2021 school year begins, like each new school year, we will assess students to determine where they are and create instructional plans to address their needs.

Continuing Concerns and Questions
We know parents still have many questions regarding senior rings, yearbooks, spring photos, etc. The closure of school and stay-at-home order create many questions and challenges, and we will continue to find solutions and provide support in the best interest of our students, families, employees, and community. As soon as we have answers to these questions, school leaders will reach out to provide information to parents.

If parents or students have questions about a specific class, they should email the teacher. If parents or students have questions about an Individual Graduation Plan, they should email their school guidance counselor. For other information, parents should call their school hotline (the main school number) to speak to a school administrator. We thank our STPPS community for their patience as we navigate these unprecedented challenges.

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Class of 2020 Information Available
The closure of schools for the last nine weeks of the school year has created unprecedented challenges and questions for everyone involved, especially seniors and their families. As the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) release guidance to move forward, we will create plans that best meet the needs of our seniors, their families, and our St. Tammany community. Our goal is to provide all students with the tools, support and opportunity to graduate.

Following guidance from the LDOE and in collaboration with administration from all eight high schools, we have posted information for seniors and their families on our STPPS Class of 2020 webpage.

"The end of senior year is the culmination of over 12 years of hard work and is an important time in the lives of our students and their families. Our School System is dedicated to providing the guidance and support to help our seniors and their families navigate this challenging situation with the goal of all students having the opportunity to graduate," said Superintendent Trey Folse. "We are working on plans for virtual and in-person graduations, if and when it is determined to be safe. We want to honor and celebrate our Class of 2020, and will release dates for virtual graduations as soon as plans are finalized."

Unfortunately senior award ceremonies, prom, and senior trips have been canceled due to the pandemic, although schools are looking at ways to hold these events in the future if it is deemed safe. The following is a summary of information available on the STPPS Class of 2020 webpage:

  • Seniors can earn course credit for courses they are enrolled in if they have demonstrated proficiency and passed the course.
  • The highest end-of-quarter grade a student has received in each course will serve as the 4th quarter grade and will be used in calculating the semester grade for the course.
  • Report cards will be mailed home at the end of April. If the report card indicates a student has not passed courses needed for graduation, they will be provided with options and opportunities to demonstrate proficiency and graduate.
  • After receiving their report card, students have the opportunity to select a Pass/Fail option instead of receiving a letter grade. Students and parents are able to decide which option is the best for each individual senior, as there are many possible implications to consider prior to requesting the Pass/Fail option.
  • For students that have not met minimum levels of proficiency to pass a course, schools will provide alternative learning options to complete unfinished learning and demonstrate proficiency. This may include online courses or course packet options.
  • The number of credits and requirements for graduation have not changed.
  • Students who are enrolled in dual enrollment college classes should follow the guidelines and instructions set by the college or university.
  • The Louisiana Department of Education has advised that in-person exams are cancelled and instead a 45 minute AP exam will be taken online at home. The College Board has provided online review classes for students on their website.
  • LEAP 2025 and ACT testing have been waived as a graduation requirement for this school year.
  • Students who were not able to earn an Industry Based Credential (IBC) may still be eligible for a TOPS Tech Career Diploma. Opportunities may be provided to complete industry based certifications this summer.

Additional information for the Class of 2020 is available on the STPPS Class of 2020 webpage. General information and updates about the coronavirus situation will continue to be provided our district website and on district social media channels.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

All St. Tammany Parish Public Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This closure is the result of an executive order by Governor Edwards to close all schools statewide to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

All schools and support facilities will remain closed until further notice, and employees should continue to follow the direction of their supervisor. At this time, all athletics, activities, clubs, and events, including high school graduations as scheduled, have been canceled for the duration of the school year. We know that graduations are an important milestone and we are working on alternative plans to hold graduations in a safe manner.

This is very disappointing for all of us, especially our seniors, but we know it is necessary to protect the health and safety of our students and employees. We know it creates many questions and challenges, and we will continue to find solutions and provide support in the best interest of our students, families, employees, and community. We were looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our seniors, and we will find a way to honor them and provide a memorable experience for this important milestone.

We are awaiting information and guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education, the agency responsible for implementing policies for students statewide, so that we can determine the best solutions for our 39,000 students and 6,000 employees. We will provide additional information about graduations, student grades, promotion to the next grade level, and other impacts of this closure as soon as possible.

Our teachers and employees will continue to provide support for families including new and expanded remote learning resources to continue education for the remainder of the school year, school information hotlines, STPPS Cares helpline for mental health support, and Grab-and-Go meal distribution.

We will continue to provide updates with information and resources via robocalls, the district website, and district social media channels.

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Easter/Spring Break
STPPS will observe our previously scheduled Easter/Spring Break from April 10-17, 2020. We will continue sharing new academic resources after the holiday. All of our academic and support services will remain on our website at www.stpsb.org, and we will be reshowing our PreK- 5th grade Remote Learning Resource videos on STPPS TV on all available channels and on our website. We hope our students, parents, teachers, and staff are able to find alternative ways to enjoy this time with family and friends.

During the break our meal program will continue to operate. Even though meals would not normally be offered during this time, we understand how important it is for all those in need to have access to nutritious meals. The pickup locations and times will remain the same for both our daily weekday hot lunches and prepackaged breakfasts and our Wednesday distribution of boxes containing shelf-stable items. However, next Wednesday, on April 15, the box will contain shelf stable items for 10 days of lunches and breakfasts. Due to this change, box options will not be offered on April 22.

We hope everyone takes time during this holiday to relax and spend time with immediate family.

Grab-and-Go Meal Distribution During Spring Break (April 10-17)
Daily Meal Pick Up Option

The daily option allows families to pick up one hot lunch and prepackaged breakfast for each child every weekday at Covington High, Fontainebleau High, Salmen High, and Slidell High from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Daily Pick Up for “Grab and Go” Hot Lunch and Breakfast Locations:
Covington High (73030 Lion Drive, Covington 70433)
Fontainebleau High (100 Bulldog Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Salmen High (300 Spartan Drive, Slidell 70458)
Slidell High (1 Tiger Drive, Slidell 70458)

Box of Shelf Stable Lunch and Breakfast Meal Pick Up Option
The weekly option allows families to pick up boxes containing shelf-stable items for lunches and breakfasts. Distribution of boxes during Spring Break will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Families will receive boxes of shelf-stable items for 10 days of lunches and breakfasts to last two weeks. The weekly box option will not be offered on April 22, 2020.

Wednesday Only Pick Up for Box of Shelf Stable Lunch and Breakfast Locations: Lakeshore High (26031 Highway 1088, Mandeville 70448)
Mandeville High (1 Skipper Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Monteleone Junior High (63000 Blue Marlin Drive, Mandeville 70448)
Northshore High (100 Panther Drive, Slidell 70461)
Pearl River High (39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River 70452)
Pitcher Junior High (415 S. Jefferson Avenue, Covington 70433)
Slidell Junior High (333 Pennsylvania Avenue, Slidell 70458)
St. Tammany Junior High (701 Cleveland Avenue, Slidell 70458)

Both options are free and open to all STPPS students and children ages 18 and under. STPPS will continue to provide updates with information and resources via robocalls, the district website, and district social media channels.

LHSAA Cancels Winter and Spring Athletics
The LHSAA executive committee announced the cancellation of all remaining 2019-2020 winter sports championships, as well as, all spring sports regular seasons and spring sport championships. As a result, all STPPS high school athletic competitions, including district and state level competitions, will not be held the remainder of the school year. This affects LHSAA sanctioned spring sports such as baseball, softball, track and field, tennis, and golf.

For more information, visit www.lhsaa.org.

School Board Meeting Cancelled
The School Board Meeting scheduled for April 9, 2020, has been postponed. The rescheduled date will be announced once determined.

#STPPSConnected Spirit Week
April 6-10 is #STPPSConnected Virtual Spirit Week. We invited our employees, families and students to send us photos and videos through www.stpsb.org/STPPSConnected or by tagging us on social media using #STPPSConnected. We’ll share them in the coming weeks on our School System social media and website.

Monday: #BlackandGoldMonday
Tuesday: Talented Tuesday
Wednesday: All About Wellness!
Thursday: Whatcha Reading?
Friday: Feel Good Friday

It’s important for our students, families, employees, and community to stay connected while our schools are closed, and this is a way for us all to come together and support each other as one STPPS family.

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UPDATE: Friday, April 3, 2020

STPPS Offers New “Grab and Go” Meal Locations
We are expanding the “Grab and Go” hot lunch and prepackaged breakfast program through the addition of two new pickup sites. Due to the addition of these new locations, the schools offering weekly box options will change to four high schools and four junior highs.

Daily Meal Pick Up Option
The daily option allows families to pick up one hot lunch and prepackaged breakfast for each child every weekday at Covington High, Fontainebleau High, Salmen High, and Slidell High from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, beginning Monday, April 6, 2020.

Daily Pick Up for “Grab and Go” Hot Lunch and Breakfast Locations:
Covington High (73030 Lion Drive, Covington 70433)
Fontainebleau High (100 Bulldog Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Salmen High (300 Spartan Drive, Slidell 70458)
Slidell High (1 Tiger Drive, Slidell 70458)

Weekly Meal Pick Up Option
The weekly option allows families to pick up shelf-stable items for five lunches and breakfasts for each child once a week on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. These new locations for weekly service will be in effect beginning Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Wednesday Only Pick Up for Weekly Box of Shelf Stable Lunch and Breakfast Locations:
Lakeshore High (26031 Highway 1088, Mandeville 70448)
Mandeville High (1 Skipper Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Monteleone Junior High (63000 Blue Marlin Drive, Mandeville 70448)
Northshore High (100 Panther Drive, Slidell 70461)
Pearl River High (39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River 70452)
Pitcher Junior High (415 S. Jefferson Avenue, Covington 70433)
Slidell Junior High (333 Pennsylvania Avenue, Slidell 70458)
St. Tammany Junior High (701 Cleveland Avenue, Slidell 70458)

Both options are free and open to all STPPS students and children ages 18 and under.

We are continuing to look at the best way to meet the needs of our entire community during this time and are now able to expand operations based on the numbers we have seen over the past week in order to provide shorter drive times and more options for families.

STPPS will continue to provide updates with information and resources via robocalls, the district website, and district social media channels.

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 2, 2020

SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENSION
Governor Edwards ordered an extension to the school closures in our state. As a result, all schools and support facilities will remain closed until at least April 30, 2020.

The closures will continue to affect all schools and support facilities in addition to all athletics, activities, clubs, and events. All employees will remain on call and should follow the direction of their direct supervisor.

“While this closure is important to protect the health and safety of our students and employees, we know it creates many questions and challenges,” said Superintendent Folse. “We will continue to find solutions and provide support in the best interest of our students, families, employees, and community.”

We are following guidance from the State Department of Education on how to move forward following this announcement and how this will affect the remainder of the school year. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Although schools will be closed, our teachers and employees will continue to provide support for families including optional remote learning resources, school information hotlines, STPPS Cares helpline for mental health support, and Grab-and-Go meal distribution.

We will continue to provide updates with information and resources via robocalls, the district website, and district social media channels.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

We are aware that there was a shortage of the weekly option of the “Grab and Go” meals today. It was the first day this was offered and the demand was much greater than anticipated.

Today (Wednesday, April 1), we distributed 6,002 weekly boxes and a total of 11,108 hot lunches and prepackaged breakfasts. We are working to find a solution that will meet the needs of our community to ensure every child in need of a meal is able to get one. Families who were not able to get meals today can pick up meals each weekday at Covington High or Slidell High from 11 AM - 1 PM.

We understand how important it is for all those in need to have access to nutritious meals, and we are dedicated to continuing to support our STPPS community as we navigate this unprecedented situation together. Thank you for your continued patience.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Although our schools are not open, the health and safety of our employees, students, families, and community remains a priority. As the stay at home order and social distancing continues, we encourage families to use the resources we have made available including optional remote learning resources, meals for families in need, mental health support and opportunities to stay connected with us and each other. We are here to provide support however we can, and we are working to get guidance on how this situation will impact the remainder of the school year and our STPPS Class of 2020. We greatly appreciate everyone's patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation together.

Remote Learning Resource Videos Launched
Remote Learning Resource video lessons taught by STPPS teachers are now available on STPPS TV and on demand online. These videos are a tool for parents and students to use along with other optional STPPS Remote Learning Resources available online including daily learning plans, virtual field trips, screen-free activities, weekly writing prompts, weekly math activities, and more.

New engaging lessons will be added each weekday to help review, refresh, and reinforce learning for students. An hour-long segment of new lessons airs three times a day at 9AM, 1PM and 5PM on YouTube and STPPS TV. STPPS TV can be found on AT&T U-verse Ch. 99, Charter Ch. 198, and on Roku.

Previously released lessons are available on YouTube and throughout the day on STPPS TV. More information is available at www.stpsb.org/coronavirus.

Teachers are available via email to provide additional support. STPPS educators are utilizing Zoom meetings, teacher websites, Moodle, and other means to provide supplemental learning resources in addition to our district resources. Parents can also call the school’s main number and an administrator can assist them.

Grab and Go Meals Distribution Resumes
The STPPS “Grab and Go” Meal distribution resumed Monday with daily distribution of a breakfast and hot lunch at two pick-up locations. In the first two days after resuming this service, 22,414 meals were served to children in our community. Beginning Wednesday, April 1, a weekly pick-up option will begin at eight schools.

Daily Meal Pick Up Option
The daily option allows families to pick up one hot lunch and prepackaged breakfast for each child every weekday at Covington High and Slidell High from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Daily Pick Up for “Grab and Go” Hot Lunch and Breakfast Locations:
Covington High (73030 Lion Drive, Covington 70433)
Slidell High (1 Tiger Drive, Slidell 70458)

Weekly Meal Pick Up Option
The weekly option allows families to pick up five shelf-stable lunches and breakfasts for each child once a week on Wednesdays at six high schools and two junior highs from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The weekly service begins Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Wednesday-Only Pick Up for Weekly Box of Shelf Stable Lunch and Breakfast Locations:
Fontainebleau High (100 Bulldog Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Lakeshore High (26031 Highway 1088, Mandeville 70448)
Mandeville High (1 Skipper Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Northshore High (100 Panther Drive, Slidell 70461)
Pearl River High (39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River 70452)
Salmen High (300 Spartan Drive, Slidell 70458)
Pitcher Junior High (415 S. Jefferson Avenue, Covington 70433)
Slidell Junior High (333 Pennsylvania Avenue, Slidell 70458)

School Board Committee As A Whole Meeting Cancelled
The School Board Committee As A Whole Meeting scheduled for April 2, 2020, has been cancelled.

#STPPSConnected
Even though our schools are closed, we know our families and employees are staying connected, continuing to learn, and motivating each other as we get through this together. We are asking for video and picture submissions in order to spotlight the great things going on in our district on social media.

Picture and video submissions are being accepted three ways.
1. Tag us on social media (@stppschools and #STPPSConnected)
2. Email your photos and videos to news@stpsb.org
3. Upload content at www.stpsb.org/STPPSConnected

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Modified “Grab and Go” Meal Distribution Resumes Next Week
The St. Tammany Parish Public School System is partnering with local community businesses to offer options for both weekly and daily distribution of “Grab and Go” meals beginning next week.

The local community business partners will prepare and distribute the meals using their own facilities, staff, food and other resources.

Both options are free and open to all STPPS students and children ages 18 and under.

Daily Meal Pick Up Option
The daily option allows families to pick up one hot lunch and prepackaged breakfast for each child every weekday at Covington High and Slidell High from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, beginning Monday, March 30, 2020.

Daily Pick Up for “Grab and Go” Hot Lunch and Breakfast Locations:
Covington High (73030 Lion Drive, Covington 70433)
Slidell High (1 Tiger Drive, Slidell 70458)

Weekly Meal Pick Up Option
The weekly option allows families to pick up five shelf-stable lunches and breakfasts for each child once a week on Wednesdays at six high schools and two junior highs from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The weekly service begins Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Wednesday-Only Pick Up for Weekly Box of Shelf Stable Lunch and Breakfast Locations:
Fontainebleau High (100 Bulldog Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Lakeshore High (26031 Highway 1088, Mandeville 70448)
Mandeville High (1 Skipper Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Northshore High (100 Panther Drive, Slidell 70461)
Pearl River High (39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River 70452)
Salmen High (300 Spartan Drive, Slidell 70458)
Pitcher Junior High (415 S. Jefferson Avenue, Covington 70433)
Slidell Junior High (333 Pennsylvania Avenue, Slidell 70458)

We have worked with local, state, and health officials to find this alternative way to distribute food to families in our community while helping to ensure the health and safety of all those involved. The local community business partners will prepare and distribute the meals using their own facilities, staff, food and other resources. Partnering with these local businesses will help make this program sustainable so we can best meet the needs of our students, employees and community.

STPPS will continue to provide updates with information and resources via robocalls, the district website, and district social media channels.

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UPDATE: Monday, March 23, 2020

Grab and Go Meal Distribution Suspended
The St. Tammany Parish Public School System “Grab and Go” meal distribution program will be suspended effective immediately. Our School System is looking at alternative ways to distribute food to families in our community, and state officials have advised us there may be other statewide meal distribution possibilities.

We know this is an important service for our families in need at this time, but the safety and health of our students, employees and community remain our top priority. We appreciate the STPPS Food Service Managers, school administrators, and the PTA and community volunteers who worked last week and today to provide this service to our families. We will continue to follow the guidance of health officials as we evaluate the best and safest ways for our School System to provide support.

STPPS will continue to provide updates with information and resources via robocalls, the district website, and district social media channels.

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UPDATE: Sunday, March 22, 2020

Grab and Go Meal Distribution Continues Monday
The St. Tammany Parish Public School System "Grab and Go" meal program will continue with distribution of meals on Monday, March 23, 2020, at all eight pick-up locations.

District officials are awaiting further guidance from the state and health officials about how long the program will be continued as a result of the statewide "Stay Home" order issued by Governor Edwards. Once guidance is received, the program will be reassessed.

STPPS Food Service Managers who are willing and able will continue to offer as many Grab and Go meals as possible on Monday. We cannot guarantee that we will have as many workers and volunteers to be able to serve as many meals as last week, but we will do our very best with the resources we have available. The safety and health of our students, employees and community remain our top priority, and we will continue to follow the guidance of health officials as we evaluate the best and safest ways for our School System to provide support.

"Grab and Go" hot lunch and prepackaged breakfast distribution will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Monday at our eight high schools. This free service is open to all children ages 18 and under. Meals will be "pick up" only.

Covington High (73030 Lion Drive, Covington 70433)
Fontainebleau High (100 Bulldog Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Lakeshore High (26031 Highway 1088, Mandeville 70448)
Mandeville High (1 Skipper Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Northshore High (100 Panther Drive, Slidell 70461)
Pearl River High (39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River 70452)
Salmen High (300 Spartan Drive, Slidell 70458)
Slidell High (1 Tiger Drive, Slidell 70458)

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Remote Learning Resources
STPPS is offering optional remote learning resources for students while schools are closed. Resources are available for both online learning and screen-free activities. The links to online resources, activities for screen-free learning and sample daily learning schedule are available on our district website. These resources are designed to review, refresh, and reinforce previous student learning. These are not required and will not be graded. Our team is working to update this page frequently, and new screen free activities will be added each week. Please remember to refresh your browser, even on social media sites for the most updated content.

Teachers are available via email to provide additional support. Parents can also call the school’s main number and an administrator can assist them.

School Information Hotlines
Parents can call their child's school information hotline if they have school-related questions or if they have questions about how the school closure affects their child's learning. A list of our schools' main numbers can be found here.

"Grab and Go" Meals
Our drive-thru “Grab and Go” meal distribution started Wednesday, March 18, at all eight high schools. We distributed nearly 4,500 lunches and next-day breakfasts. THANK YOU to our STPPS team members for helping make this possible for our families during this time.

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UPDATE: Monday, March 16, 2020

STPPS administration continues to meet and work on solutions as we navigate these unprecedented times. We greatly appreciate everyone's patience as we make sure we are making the best possible decisions for our STPPS families.

Meals
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, STPPS will offer “Grab and Go” hot lunch and prepackaged breakfast distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on weekdays at our eight high schools. This free service is open to all children ages 18 and under. Meals will be “pick up” only.

Covington High (73030 Lion Drive, Covington 70433)
Fontainebleau High (100 Bulldog Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Lakeshore High (26031 Highway 1088, Mandeville 70448)
Mandeville High (1 Skipper Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Northshore High (100 Panther Drive, Slidell 70461)
Pearl River High (39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River 70452)
Salmen High (300 Spartan Drive, Slidell 70458)
Slidell High (1 Tiger Drive, Slidell 70458)

Medicine/Personal Item Pick-Up
All schools will be open Wednesday, March 18, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., for parents and employees to pick up personal items and medication(s).

Frequently Asked Questions
We will update our FAQ webpage frequently as we receive additional questions or have new information to share. Please help us by only sharing accurate information from official School System sources with your family and friends.

Updates to our FAQ since Saturday:

I am an STPPS employee. Do I still report to work?
All employees are on call and should follow the direction of their direct supervisor.

Do I have to pay for the "Grab and Go" meals?
No. This is a free service.

Who can receive meals and does my child have to be with me?
It is open to all children ages 18 and under. At this time, your child does not have to be with you.

Can I volunteer to help with meal distribution?
No volunteers are needed at this time. We appreciate the support, but it's best to limit the people involved in the process. We will reach out if we need help in the future.

Will school start back on April 13 since that is the start of Spring Break?
At this time, Spring Break has not been rescheduled. Once additional information becomes available about when schools will reopen, we will pass that on to you.

Future updates will be provided on the School System coronavirus webpage at www.stpsb.org/coronavirus and district social media channels.

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UPDATE: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Thanks to the STPPS community for your patience during this unprecedented time. We know this situation is impacting families, and we are evaluating the situation carefully to make sure we make the best decisions for all those involved. Updates we can provide at this time are listed below.

Spring Break
We are waiting on further guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education on the potential impacts to our school calendar. Once additional information becomes available, we will pass that on to you in regards to the status of the previously scheduled Easter/Spring Break holiday.

Online Learning
STPPS is working to provide optional educational resources for students during this time through our district website, www.stpsb.org. Please note that this is not required and will not take the place of the learning that happens in the classroom with a teacher on a daily basis. We will have more information on these enrichment items posted as soon as possible on our district website and district social media channels.

Frequently Asked Questions
We know there are a lot of questions during this time. To help provide answers to these questions, we have created a list of answers to frequently asked questions on our coronavirus webpage at www.stpsb.org/coronavirus. We will update our FAQ webpage frequently as we receive additional questions or have new information to share. Please help us by only sharing accurate information from official School System sources with your family and friends.

Future updates will be provided on the School System coronavirus webpage at www.stpsb.org/coronavirus and district social media channels.

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UPDATE: Friday, March 13, 2020

ALL STPPS SCHOOLS CLOSED EFFECTIVE MARCH 16
Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order closing all public school facilities to students in Louisiana until Monday, April 13, as a precautionary measure against the transmission of the coronavirus. All St. Tammany Parish Public Schools will close to students, effective Monday, March 16. This closure includes all STPPS athletics, activities, clubs, and events.

Beginning Monday March 16, all students are not to report to school.

School-based employees should not report to work until they receive further direction from their principal. STPPS administration is evaluating the situation, reviewing the Governor’s proclamation, and working with BESE to make the best decisions for our district. The School System will be issuing further school-based employee guidance next week.

School System leaders are working with school administrators and employees to implement plans to provide support services for students and families.

We understand that this will create hardship for many families. Our teachers, support staff, employees, and administration are grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. We will get through this challenge together.

We will continue to monitor the development of COVID-19 and will plan accordingly, in partnership with local, state, and federal health and government officials. We will be sending updates with information and resources via robocalls, the district website, and district social media channels.

 

STPPS adheres to the equal opportunity provisions of federal and civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

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