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MAY 15 P.M. UPDATE
We are working on finalizing details on what our Extended Day Summer Program will look like this year. We are planning to offer the program again this year, but it may not be available at all locations utilized in the past. Some noted changes that will take place this year are listed below.
- There will be required curbside pick-up and drop-off for all locations.
- Temperatures of the children will be taken each day before they enter the program.
- The children will be spatially separated in groups of 10 to ensure compliance with Phase 1 requirements.
- A mask will be made available to any child upon parental request.
- There will not be field trips for the 2020 Summer program.
- Actual program start dates and hours of operation will be determined by each location.
We will be releasing additional details next week once locations are finalized.
OFFICES OPEN ADDITIONAL HOURS NEXT WEEK
Next week, offices that are normally open to the public, such as school offices and central offices, will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The same schedule will be followed for the week of May 25-29. After that, summer hours will begin as normal. During this time, only lobbies are open, and recommended safety protocols and social distancing protocols will be maintained.
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR – STRONG START
All school districts across the state are working on plans for the 2020-2021 school year to submit to the Louisiana Department of Education as part of the Strong Start campaign. Those plans include a variety of scenarios that our school district must consider with so many unknowns about the pandemic. While the most obvious first choice of all of our education stakeholders is to start school at the regular time in August with traditional face-to-face classes, CPSB must be prepared for other scenarios based on the status of COVID-19 for the remainder of 2020. Those secondary options include things like staggered schools days for groups of students and the blending of true on-line instruction with traditional school building attendance. Those plans will be refined over the next six weeks and will need to be flexible based on the directives of our state going forward.
PERSONAL BELONGINGS ON CAMPUSES
Our schools are making arrangements to allow students to return to campus to retrieve items from lockers or classrooms and return any needed materials. Some schools have already completed this process, but others are still scheduling times. Please continue to check individual school websites for this information.
Once again our smart buses will remain at the same location for now. These decisions are based on data usage. You can view the location list here, as well as a list of other campuses with exterior Wi-Fi available.
Louisiana has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program provides extra help buying groceries for families who normally receive free and reduced-price meals at school. This includes all families attending a CEP school. To receive these benefits, families must complete an application. The application process begins Monday, May 18. Click here to view the Louisiana Department of Education’s COVID-19 webpage which includes a flyer with more information.
CPSB SUMMER LEARNING CAMPS
Virtual learning opportunities are being explored for June and July that will provide two week courses taught on-line by CPSB teachers. Further information will be available soon for the camps including a course list, starting dates, and instructions for enrolling. These courses will provide an excellent opportunity for continuous learning, which is especially important with the effects of Covid-19 on our spring semester.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association is following COVID-19 developments closely. This week the Executive Committee voted to postpone the first day of permissive LHSAA Summer Rules to Monday, June 8, in all sports in all LHSAA member schools. Click here to read the entire memorandum.
There is still time to complete the U.S. Census if you have not done so. The data collected is used to determine federal funding allocated annually for schools and educational programs. Please visit www.2020census.gov to complete the form or for additional information. Individuals have until August 15, 2020 to complete it.
LEAP 2025 RETEST
Instead of participating in the scheduled June LEAP 2025 High School retests, Calcasieu will participate in the LEAP 2025 High School fall retest make-up window. Social distancing mandates and the monies required to provide a safe environment for students will be cost prohibitive. The fall retest window will allow our high school students to be better prepared and the test will be more accessible when school is in session.
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