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St. Tammany Parish Public Schools is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of our students and employees. As a result, we would like to keep the public informed by providing this list of answers to frequently asked questions. This is an extremely fluid situation and this list will be updated as information becomes available.

(Updated October 27, 2021)

 

Q: Are visitors allowed on campus?
A: All visitors must be symptom free to enter campus and are asked to sanitize their hands frequently while on campus.


Q: Will before and/or afterschool programs be offered this school year?
A:
Schools determine if before and/or afterschool programs will be offered on their campus. Before and afterschool programs may continue but must adhere to physical distance protocols. If you are interested in before or afterschool programs, please contact your child’s school to see if it is available this school year.


Q: Why is there not a virtual option being offered this year?
A:
Our schools will only offer an in-person, face-to-face learning environment this year.  The STPPS Virtual School was a temporary response to COVID-19 last school year. Students learn best with direct instruction from a teacher. We have technology in place for students to continue learning through Google Classroom and Google Meet in case of quarantine or illness. 


Q: If my child previously tested positive for COVID-19 and returned to school, do they have to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact with someone who tests positive?
A:
According to the CDC, people who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again.


Q: If an employee or student is fully vaccinated, do they need to quarantine if he/she is a close contact?
A:
An employee or student who is a close contact with a COVID-19 positive person does not need to quarantine if he/she at the time of exposure is fully vaccinated AND has remained asymptomatic since the exposure. If the individual develops symptoms, he/she should self-quarantine immediately for 10 days after symptoms begin or get a COVID-19 test.


Q: If my child has to quarantine, will he/she be able to work from home?
A:
Should there be a need for a student, class, or school to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19, continuity of education will be provided through distance learning pending the return to class/campus. Google Classroom and Google Meet will be used as the learning platform for grades PK-12. Teacher webpages through the Student Progress Center will be maintained for parent/caregiver communication. Students will work independently, and teachers will be available for student support. Please reference the STPPS Technology Guides and Resources for support.


Q: Will absences resulting from COVID-19 reasons be excused?
A:
Pursuant to BESE Bulletin 741, student attendance guidelines apply when a student misses school. Please reference the District Handbook for Students and Parents for additional attendance guidelines and procedures.


Q: Are face masks required this school year?
A:
Per the governor’s current order, face masks are highly recommended for students and employees in schools and buildings. Masks are required on school buses. 


Q: Why were kids in pre-k not required to wear a face mask on buses for the 2020-21 school year but they have to wear them on buses for this school year?
A:  
Pre-k students have to wear face masks on buses for the 2021-22 school year in response to Federal Law through CDC guidance.

Q: Are there social distancing requirements?
A:
Yes. Social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible. Masked individuals should stay 3 feet apart and stay 6 feet apart if unmasked while outdoors to avoid quarantine if identified as a close contact.


Q: How will schools handle COVID-19 positive cases? Will parents of the students and families affected be notified?
A:
If a student or employee is identified as a close contact at a school campus or office, they will not be allowed on campus or isolated in a sick room until they can be sent home and the school/site supervisor will notify the employee/parent or caregiver. Specific directives will then be explained relative to each unique situation.Parents will be notified if their child is considered a close contact and may have been exposed to COVID-19, along with any next steps. Please see the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines on the Louisiana Department of Health website for more information.

Q: What will be the protocol for allowing children back to school if they or a family member test positive?
A:  
Please see the CDC Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines on the Louisiana Department of Health website for information about returning to school after being identified as a close contact.


Q: Will school principals make school-wide COVID case notification robocalls this year?
A:
Schools will continue to notify all close contact individuals and those who need to quarantine. School principals will not make school-wide notification robocalls as it is not required under the current mandate.

Have questions about COVID-19? Email your questions to coronavirus@stpsb.org.

 

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