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April 3 P.M. Update

This afternoon we’ll be going over several developments statewide and within the Calcasieu Parish School Board.

Yesterday, April 2, Governor John Bel Edwards officially extended the stay-at-home order and school closures through April 30. As we all know, this is a very fluid situation, but we are certainly ready and prepared to welcome our students back when it is safe for everyone.

As for our feeding program continuing next Wednesday, April 8, we will be serving at the same two sites. We appreciate your patience through this time, as we are doing the best we can with the prepackaged food we are able to obtain from vendors. We are implementing some changes in the number of meals per bag to increase the amount of families we can serve.

We have posted a new form on our website for meal deliveries. If you have already submitted information via email to school.lunch@cpsb.org, you DO NOT need to fill out the form. We are pursuing a different path for meal deliveries in hopes of getting the program started sooner. Any Calcasieu Parish School Board student is eligible, and their information can be submitted via the form.

As the school closures have been extended, we know it’s now more important than ever to offer distance learning for students. We are working to expand the online learning resources we already have available. Each teacher within the Calcasieu Parish School Board will soon have a Blackboard site available to students, if they do not already. These sites will feature resources, optional curriculum, and will serve as a place for students and families to ask questions and receive assistance. Our teachers are missing their students, just like we know our students are missing their teachers. We hope this link will help bridge the gap until we can all be in classrooms together again.

Yesterday, April 2, the Louisiana Department of Education released information regarding high school seniors. Included in that information are several decisions that now must be made at a local school district level. Our High School Department staff is working diligently to ensure our high school seniors receive guidance and preparation for what comes next. We will be releasing more information very soon for the class of 2020. The Governor did issue a proclamation regarding seniors and TOPS. His order suspends the April ACT deadline, now giving students until September 30 to earn a qualifying ACT score.

Out of Zone permits are still currently available. It is strongly advised to request forms by sending an email to cwainfo@cpsb.org with your mailing address, number of forms needed, and if you live out of parish. Only one email is needed. If your email is “liked,” that is confirmation that it has been received and your form will be mailed in a timely manner. If your child was out of zone to the same school again this year, it is still active and no out of zone permit is needed.

The physical health of our students and their families is obviously very important during this time, but so is their mental health. Our community is here to help. Both CPSB and the United Way of SWLA have resources available for those in need. Students are encouraged to send an email to counselor.info@cpsb.org to be connected to their personal school counselor. Click here to view the resources being provided by United Way.

BESE has waived the LEAP Placement Test requirement for fifth and ninth grade transfer students from nonpublic and home schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This was part of the BESE waiver 1566.

Continue to visit our website as we're releasing new information frequently. If you have any additional questions about anything you may be facing at this time pertaining to the school district, send an email to info@cpsb.org. We are here to help you however we can.