2020-2021 School Year Plans
STPPS Virtual School
General COVID-19 Information and Updates
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.