We are committed to our St. Tammany Parish Public School System students. While they 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. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will my child continue to learn for the remainder of the school year?
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. Teachers will communicate expectations, post assignments, and provide descriptive feedback to students. Teachers are expected to be available to provide support to parents and students on a daily basis.
In addition to teacher materials, the district will provide grade-specific daily schedules and activities for parents to use. Inside these resources, parents will find the learning expectations for the 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.
Are these assignments mandatory and will they be graded?
We decided as a school district that remote learning is not mandatory and that we will not be grading student work that is assigned while schools are closed in order to be fair and equitable to all students. Even though there will be no “official” grades during fourth quarter, teachers will be providing descriptive feedback to students so they know how they are doing. Through these assignments and feedback, students will be reviewing standards and learning supporting standards that should help them prepare for the next school year. All students and parents are encouraged to reach out to their teachers with curriculum questions throughout the rest of the school year.
How does this closure impact fourth quarter learning?
Students learn most major curriculum standards prior to state mandated assessments. Following assessments, teachers continue the learning process by reviewing standards and teaching supporting standards. These are the same things our district and teachers will be focusing on during our continuous learning for the remainder of the school year.
What grade will my child receive for the 4th quarter?
The highest end-of-quarter grade a student has received in each course will serve as the 4th quarter grade.
What grade will my child receive for the 3rd quarter?
Teachers will be working directly with students to make sure all students can finish third quarter work and receive the grade that fairly reflects their understanding of the material for the third quarter. Teachers will determine the value of any submitted third quarter work and will post the updated grades to the Student Progress Center. The deadline for entering third quarter grades to the Student Progress Center is May 15, 2020. Please contact your child’s teacher for assistance.
I am not getting regular updates from my child’s teacher. What should I do?
Please check the Student Progress Center for the teacher’s email address and email your child’s teacher in regards to concerns. If the teacher’s email address is not listed or you don’t get a reply within 24 hours, please call your school hotline to speak to your school administrator.
Why isn’t there a mandatory remote learning program in place?
We decided as a school district that remote learning is not mandatory and that we will not be grading student work that is assigned while schools are closed to be fair and equitable to all students.
Why is my child’s teacher calling me about technology access?
The School System is conducting a Parent Technology Survey through May 15, 2020, in order to help 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.
When will we receive yearbooks, spring pictures, and other things we ordered before schools closed?
This will vary by school and the vendors used. In cases where refunds are necessary, school administrators are working with companies and will notify parents when refunds are available. Please contact your school information hotline by calling the school’s main phone number for school-specific questions.
When will students select electives and schedule classes for the next school year?
Schools will be in contact with parents and students to provide information about how scheduling and course selection will work at their school. If you do not receive this information by May 1, 2020, please call your school information hotline to speak to a school administrator.
Will summer school be held?
Due to the uncertainty of the situation, we do not know at this time. We are exploring various extended learning options and will make decisions in the best interest of our students, families, and employees. For students who do not pass or need intervention, the school will be in contact with the parent to discuss potential extended learning options once decisions are made.
When will registration for grades Pre K-12 be held?
Registration for Pre K through 12th grade students entering the St. Tammany Parish Public School System for the first time for the 2020-2021 school year will be held Tuesday, July 28th and Wednesday, July 29th from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the school the student will attend. For more information, visit the registration webpage.
Are we supposed to recreate the school day for our children?
No. Parents are not expected to recreate the school day or replace the instruction that usually happens in the classroom. STPPS remote learning resources and the assignments and lessons being provided by teachers are not meant to replace the traditional school day. We know families are under a lot of pressure right now, and parents are not expected to be full-time teachers on top of their other responsibilities.
What can I do to support my child’s learning?
To help support your child’s learning, we recommend you become familiar with all of the resources available from your child’s teacher and on the Remote Learning Resources webpage on the district website. Develop a routine and schedule for learning time and discuss it with your child. Stay in touch with your child’s teacher and do not hesitate to email them with questions or concerns. More information, including sample day plans, online resources, and weekly lesson plans are available on the Remote Learning Resources webpage on our district website.
Will my student be promoted to the next grade level?
If a student demonstrates they have successfully learned the required content and met learning goals in all required subjects, they will be promoted to the next grade level.
The decision to promote a student will be based on final grades, benchmark results, student growth, mastery of goals, and attendance records as evidence of student learning throughout the school year. Final grades will be calculated using grades from the previous three grading periods. The highest end-of-quarter grade a student has received in each course will serve as the 4th quarter grade. Students will not receive grades for work and assignments completed remotely during the fourth quarter, but teachers will provide descriptive feedback so students will know when they have successfully learned the content. The school may be in contact with the parent to discuss final decisions regarding promotion.
Will my junior high or high school student receive Carnegie credit?
Yes. Students can earn course credit for courses for which they have demonstrated proficiency. Schools may determine if students have demonstrated proficiency in the grade-level content or courses to award credit by calculating a final grade for each course. The highest end-of-quarter grade a student has received in each course will serve as the 4th quarter grade.
How does the waiver of attendance requirements impact students?
The state has waived mandatory instructional minutes and compulsory attendance requirements in order for students who have shown proficiency to move to the next grade level without the necessary seat time.
How will the School System support my child at the beginning of the next school year?
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. We may utilize intensive instruction for some students to help accelerate their learning to get them to the appropriate instructional level.
What if a student has not passed or demonstrated proficiency in a grade-level content or course?
For students that have not yet demonstrated proficiency in required grade-level content or courses, the school will be in contact with the parent to discuss potential extended learning options.
What if a student is enrolled in a dual enrollment course with a college or university?
Students who are enrolled in dual enrollment college classes should follow the guidelines and instructions set by the college or university. The Louisiana Board of Education has advised that the Board of Regents is bringing a policy recommendation forward in April 2020 that will allow a student to continue the course via distance learning options through the higher education institution and earn credit when the course ends, choose to opt for an “In Progress” designation and have until August 31, 2020, to complete the course and earn credit, or opt for an “Administrative Withdrawal” and exit the course with no credit and nothing posted to the official college transcript. If a student chooses a Pass/Fail option for a dual enrollment class, it will be used for the university transcript, and may impact a student’s future college GPA and scholarship eligibility (this option does not apply to students enrolled in Northshore Technical Community College or Nunez Community College courses). The Pass/Fail option is not available for the school-based course grade. If a student chooses an “In Progress” designation and the student does not complete the course, this may result in a failing grade and negatively impact TOPS scholarship eligibility and college GPA. An “Administrative Withdrawal” request must be submitted by the date determined by the post-secondary institution. These options should be coordinated and determined through each student’s Individual Graduation Plan.
Southeastern Louisiana University
At this time, students should continue working through their course syllabus completing assignments online. Dual enrollment course materials must be accessed online at moodleDE.selu.edu. Students should continue to check their SLU email. If a student chooses to withdraw from the dual enrollment course, the withdrawal date for spring-only and year-long classes has been moved from April 3 to May 26.
University of New Orleans
Dual enrollment faculty are working with their respective university departments to continue coursework through Moodle. Dual enrollment instructors will contact students with more information. Students should continue to check email and/or Moodle accounts for further information from their instructors. The last day to drop courses is Friday, March 20. Final grades are due on May 19, 2020. University information can be found at www.uno.edu.
Nunez Community College
Dual enrollment faculty are working with their respective college departments to continue coursework through Moodle. Dual enrollment instructors will contact students with more information. Students should continue to check email and/or Moodle accounts for further information from their instructors. The last day to drop courses is April 24, 2020. College information can be found at www.nunez.edu.
Northshore Technical Community College
Northshore Technical Community College is committed to our students and seeing students through to completion of their career and technical education. We have launched our new Open Campus webpage that provides resources to dual enrollment students during this time off-campus. We will continue to publish more materials and courses on the Open Campus each week, and dual enrollment students should check email and Moodle accounts for more information from their instructors. Additional resources and information can be found on our Keep Learning webpage. The last day to withdraw from courses is Friday, April 3, and final grades are due on Monday, May 18. Additional updates can be found at NTCC Updates.
Can a student in a dual enrollment course earn credit in the high school course without dual enrollment credit?
If a student has demonstrated proficiency in the high school course content, students may opt to switch the course to a regular high school course and receive credit through the school, without the dual enrollment credit.
What if a student is in an AP class?
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 online exams will be given May 11-22. See the exam schedule. Students will receive a link to the exam via the email used to register for the exam. The College Board has provided online review classes for students. More info is available on the College Board’s website.
Will my high school student be eligible to take Dual Enrollment classes next year even though they did not take the LEAP 2025 or pre-ACT/ACT?
Counselors may make recommendations for students to take Dual Enrollment classes in the 2020-2021 school year using overall student performance and grade trends in the subject in lieu of using a student’s LEAP 2025 or pre-ACT/ACT scores.
What if a student is currently pursuing an Industry Based Certification but did not complete requirements as of March 13th?
Upon the lifting of the Governor’s current stay at home order, we will notify students and parents of the option of opportunities to complete industry based certifications this summer. Students whom would have taken an IBC related to their Jump Start pathway will have the opportunity to continue engaging with content and take an on-time exam or have an opportunity to take an exam at a later date as part of continuous learning in their Jump Start pathway summer or in the subsequent school year(s).
Will Algebra I credit be awarded without the LEAP 2025 assessment?
Yes, the LEAP 2025 initial testing waivers will allow Algebra I students on a Jump Start Career diploma pathway that do not take Geometry to meet mathematics testing requirements for graduation as long as they are never enrolled in Geometry.
What if a junior has not had the opportunity to take the ACT yet?
ACT announced additional flexibility for summer testing and test-at-home options that will become available in the fall and winter. Additional information about test-at-home options with remote proctoring will be shared by ACT as soon as it becomes available. ACT has announced National Test Date Flexibility with no rescheduling fees allowing students previously scheduled for the June 13, 2020 or July 18, 2020 ACT tests to reschedule without fees for the new June 20, 2020 or July 25, 2020 ACT administration.
The paper-based state administration of ACT, previously scheduled on March 17, 2020, has been rescheduled to October, 2020 for students who were juniors in 2019-2020 and were unable to test.
Will SAT testing be rescheduled?
College Board has canceled the March 28, 2020, May 2, 2020, and June 6, 2020 SAT administration. College Board has announced if it’s safe from a public health standpoint, it will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, 2020, October 3, 2020, November 7, 2020, and December 5, 2020. Students can register for these admissions starting in May and the College Board will contact students directly when an exact date is established. Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds per College Board.
How will I receive my report card?
Your final report card will be mailed to your house. Parents need to ensure their child’s school has their current address on file. If you don’t believe the school has your correct address, please contact your school administrators by calling the school hotline, which is your school’s main phone number to update this information. Parents and students will also be able to view this information in the Student Progress Center, but the report card is considered the official document for review.
How will school closures impact award ceremonies, planned field trips, and end of year events?
Unfortunately, all events were canceled due to the pandemic. In cases where refunds are necessary, school administrators are working with companies and will notify parents when refunds are available.
Will sports still be played this school year?
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.
Can I receive a refund on my lunch balance?
Yes. However, please know that your child’s meal balance will automatically roll over to next year if you do not request a refund. If you would like a refund for this school year, please fill out this form and return following directions on the form for a full refund of your student’s meal account.
Are students able to have parents retrieve personal items from the school?
Yes. A parent must call the school hotline and set up arrangements for pickup of personal items.
What if I don’t have Internet access at home?
Limited income households can apply for $5-$10 per month internet access through AT&T Access, Cox Connect2Compete, and CenturyLink Lifeline. Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 students who do not already have a subscription. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.
My child needs a work permit. Who should I contact?
For work permits, please contact Terri Wortmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to reset my STPSB password each month?
Passwords will not expire while schools are closed so your password will not need to be changed.
What special education services can my child receive at school at this time?
All schools are closed to students, so special education services can’t be provided at school. Special Education Support Resources are available to support special education students during the school closure. Principals are available through the school information hotline (main school phone number) or email and special education teachers are available by email to answer questions.
I can’t log into the Student Progress Center. How can I get a pin number or assistance?
Contact the information hotline by calling your school’s main phone number.
My family's living situation has changed. Do I need to let someone at my child’s school know?
Yes. Please call your school hotline to notify an administrator. Your family may qualify for the KIT Program. Get more info about the KIT Program and support offered for families in transition through the McKinney Vinto Homeless Assistance Act at www.stpsb.org/KIT.
If I have questions, who can I ask?
If you have questions about a specific class, please email your teacher. If you have questions about your Individual Graduation Plan, please email your school guidance counselor. For other information, please call your school hotline (the main school number) to speak to a school administrator.
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