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MAY 22 P.M. UPDATE

This afternoon we are providing our final weekly update for the 2019-2020 school year. We are grateful for the patience and understanding shown by staff, students, and families as we've navigated the last couple of months together. 
In the coming weeks, we will be sharing more information about summer learning opportunities, next school year and more.

SUMMER CARE

Summer care programs will be available this year at Moss Bluff Elementary School, E.K. Key Elementary School, Bell City High School, and Maplewood Elementary School. To register, please contact the school directly. Please remember that we have a limited capacity, and there are some notable changes this year:

  • 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.

LAPTOPS FOR SUMMER SCHOOL

The Calcasieu Parish School Board will make technology devices for qualifying students that may  participate in summer school. Our staff is working to finalize the details of this process, and we will be in touch with families with additional details very soon.

CPSB SUMMER LEARNING CAMPS

The Calcasieu Parish School Board will offer Virtual Summer Camps for CPSB students during June and July. The first session offerings will be from June 15 to June 26 and the second session offerings will be from July 6 to July 17. There will be no charge for the camps, but some may require minimal supplies which will be listed upon registration.

These summer camps serve as a continuous learning opportunity for our students during a time in which structured learning opportunities are more important than ever due to the COVID-19 crisis’ impact on instruction and learning. Each camp will be led by highly qualified CPSB teachers who can meet the needs of our students that may require special assistance with the learning process. Registration dates and how to register for the camps will be released soon, so stay informed by accessing the CPSB Website regularly. For a full list of tenative camps and a description of each, click here

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS

The Calcasieu Parish School Board is planning physicals for athletic teams on May 30. An updated physical will be required for all athletes participating in summer workouts/practices with their teams. Incoming freshman will need to come at the assigned time of the school they will be attending. The school schedule is below and the cost is $5.

8 a.m.                   Bell City & Westlake

9 a.m.                   Vinton & DeQuincy

9:45 a.m.             Barbe

11:15 a.m.           Washington-Marion & Starks

12:15 p.m.          Sam Houston

1:15 p.m.             LaGrange

2 p.m.                   Sulphur

3 p.m.                   Iowa

All physicals will take place at Barbe High School, and visitors are asked to please enter the campus from Weaver Road. Athletes can be dropped off in the foyer area of the boys’ gym and picked up in front of the school. Temperature checks will be done before entry into the gym.

OUT OF ZONE PERMITS

Families can still obtain Out of Zone Permits for the 2020-2021 school year. To obtain a form, please visit the Child Welfare and Attendance Office Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Forms can no longer be requested by email as the deadline is quickly approaching. They must be postmarked for return no later than May 31. 

CPSB SMART BUSES

Many of our smart buses will be on the move this week. The new location list is below. A select few will remain in the same place. These moves are based on data usage in the area.

John F. Kennedy Elementary School

College Oaks Elementary School

DeQuincy Middle School (same location)

Maplewood Elementary/Middle School

Starks High School (same location)

J.I. Watson Elementary School

Vinton Elementary School (same location)

Moss Bluff Middle School

Bell City High School (same location)

R.W. Vincent Elementary School

J.D. Clifton Elementary School

Washington Marion High School

Each bus will have a banner on it identifying it as a Smart Bus. The buses will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  To connect to the Smart Bus Wi-Fi, visitors must park near the bus and connect to the “Kajeet Smart Bus” network using the password smartbus. We are asking visitors to please practice social distancing by remaining in in their vehicles while on campus. For Wi-Fi connectivity issues, email info@cpsb.org.

In addition, we have schools with Wi-Fi access points that reach their parking lots.

PANDEMIC-EBT

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 will remain open until June 8. If you have applied and been denied, try again after a few days. If your family has experienced a job loss or income change during this time, please apply for regular SNAP benefits as well.

GRADUATION CEREMONIES

We are wrapping up our graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020. We would like to thank all of our seniors, families, and CPSB staff for making this possible. The ceremonies have all gone very well, and we are grateful to be able to offer a live stream option for those who cannot attend or do not wish to attend. We will celebrate two more senior classes this evening and again tomorrow. If you would like to view those, just click here when the ceremony is scheduled to begin. You will be directed to the CPSB Facebook page, and no account is needed to view the celebrations. Here is a link to where videos of the ceremonies can be downloaded.