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COVID-19: FAQs following the closure of Louisiana schools

Posted: 6:40 AM, Mar 19, 2020
Updated: 2020-04-03 20:05:21-04
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Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all public schools in the State of Louisiana shall close facilities to students until April 30, 2020. Most of your questions need to be answered by individual parish school boards, so we are waiting for those responses. Here are some of the answers we have so far:

What about prom and high school graduations?

We have that question out to the individual parish school systems.

  • Acadia Parish will provide further guidance regarding graduation dates as soon as possible. For more details, visit www.acadia.k12.la.us.
  • Evangeline Parish has said that all school facilities are shut down as of now, as per the governor's order. For more details visit www.epsb.com.
  • Jeff Davis Parish has said that all graduation dates are set to remain the same at this time. For more details, visit www.jeffersondavis.org.
  • Iberia Parish has said any proms scheduled during the school closures will be postponed. For more details, visit www.iberiaschools.org.
  • Lafayette Parish has said that any school-related event occurring through April 30 have been canceled or rescheduled. They will have graduations, when it is safe. For more details, visit
  • St. Landry Parish has said that all St. Landry Parish School System’s students will be out of school until at least April 13. Graduations begin in May. The Governor’s proclamation made on March 12, 2020, does not impact graduations.
  • St. Martin Parish has placed gatherings such as prom on hold until further notice.
  • St. Mary Parish has said that at this time graduation ceremonies remain on schedule given the reopening date in April. There are some proms that were held prior to the closure and others that will need to be rescheduled once schools reopen.

What will happen with the ACT testing that was planned?

The ACT has rescheduled the test that was to happen on April 4 to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

What will happen to LEAP testing?

The state anticipates the spring 2020 assessment windows for grades 3-8 LEAP 2025 will be adjusted to begin no earlier than April 27 and the LEAP 2025 Humanities no earlier than May 4. Currently, the high school assessment window remains unchanged.

Will teachers/staff report to school before 4/13? Will compensation be changed or impacted?

We have that question out to the individual parish school systems.

  • Acadia Parish: School-based employees should not report to work until they receive further direction from their principals. Only designated, essential staff will be utilized during the closure.
  • Evangeline Parish: All of its employees are currently off work and at home. They are being paid normally according to the regular pay schedule.
  • Iberia Parish: They are looking at some kind of alternating schedule for 10 and 12 month employees, lunchroom and bus drivers. Teachers may come intermittently to prepare learning packets. 
  • Lafayette Parish: All LPSS employees - permanent employees, employees serving in a long-term substitute position, and employees serving in a regular supplemental position (for example tutors, bus drivers, occupational therapists, and physical therapists) - will continue to receive compensation consistent with the position held. Payroll direct deposits will continue as regularly scheduled.
  • Jeff Davis Parish: All school board full-time and full-time/part-time employees will be paid on a regular basis at regularly scheduled payroll times. Direct-deposit services will be provided as usual, and checks for employees not enrolled in direct-deposit services will receive checks by mail. All employees who return to work whether voluntarily or at request to fulfill a critical task will clock in and maintain accurate accounting of time worked.
  • St. Martin Parish: All Central Office staff, Principals, 12 and 10 month employees are to report to work on Monday, March 16, 2020. All others are to remain home until further notice, including Assistant Principals, teachers, part-time custodians, school secretaries, and counselors. Regular employees will continue to get paid.

Will compensation for substitute teachers be changed or impacted?

We have that question out to the individual parish school systems.

  • Evangeline Parish: has no substitute teachers.
  • Iberia Parish: will be paying substitute teachers.
  • St. Landry Parish: will be paying substitute teachers.
  • St. Martin Parish: will decide during its Thursday meeting.
  • Vermilion Parish: will decide after a special meeting later this week.

Which schools are open so children can eat? What times can they go? Will transportation be provided? Will all students be allowed to come?
We have that question out to the individual parish school systems. To read more about this story, click here.

Acadia Parish

The Acadia Parish School System says they will now provide a modified Grab-N-Go meal service beginning Monday, March 30 to students in the parish.
The service will resume at the original five food serving sites between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm.

APSS has been approved for the Emergency-Meals-To-You program and is asking parents to register by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. Read more here.

Calcasieu Parish

The Calcasieu Parish School Board will resume supplying meals to students. Pickup sites for meals will be at the CPSB Central Office and Sulphur High School 9th Grade Campus. Meals will be distributed between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on April 1 and April 8. At pickup, families will receive five breakfast meals and five lunch meals for every child in the vehicle. More information HERE.

Evangeline Parish

The EPSD has announced that it is participating in the Meals-To-You Program to provide meals to students during the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Read more here.

Iberia Parish

The Iberia Parish School District announced on April 1 that it will be offering parents and students the option of having meals delivered to their home. IPSD says the meals will be delivered directly to the students’ homes free of charge. The program provides shelf-stable meals that do not require any refrigeration. Once a week, a box will be delivered that contains breakfast and lunch meals for five days.

Read more here.

The Iberia Parish School District has said the district will stop Grab and Go meals to students on Friday, March 27, 2020. Grab and Go sites will be located at the following schools:

  • Johnston Hopkins Elementary
  • Pesson Elementary
  • New Iberia Senior High
  • St. Charles Elementary

Pick-up time at the designated location is 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Students must be present and be prepared to give their name and school when receiving a meal package.

Jeff Davis Parish

Jefferson Davis Parish Schools will continue offering its lunches, but in a different way. They're going to give students four meals on Tuesday, March 24, enough to last until Friday, March 27. Locations include the following:

  • Elton High
  • Jennings High
  • Union Baptist in Jennings
  • Welsh Elementary
  • Lake Arthur Elementary

Lafayette Parish

The Lafayette Parish School System says they have been approved for the Meal-To-You Program to provide meals to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents must sign up online at www.MealsToYou.org before April 1 to participate.

  • FOR LAST WEEK OF GRAB AND GO MEALS

The Lafayette Parish School System says that grab & go pick-up meal service will change beginning Monday, April 6.

Five meal sites that will continue to operate from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m until Thursday, April 9, 2020. April 9 is the last day for the grab & go meal service.

Meals will be served to all children 18 years and younger in the parish on a first-come, first-serve basis. LPSS will transition to the Emergency Meals-to-You Program which will begin delivering meals in the near future to students who applied and qualified for this service.

LPSS Grab & Go Meal Sites
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through April 9, 2020
Edgar Martin Middle School 401 Broadmoor Blvd. in Lafayette
J.W. Faulk Elementary School 711 East Willow Street in Lafayette
Scott Middle School 116 Marie Street in Scott
Live Oak Elementary School 3020 North University Avenue in Lafayette
S.J. Montgomery Elementary School 600 Foreman Drive in Lafayette

St. Martin Parish

The St. Martin Parish School Board has been approved for the Meal-To-You Program to provide meals to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents must sign up online at www.MealsToYou.org before April 1 to participate.

St. Mary Parish

The St. Mary Parish School Board has been approved for the Meal-To-You Program to provide meals to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents must sign up online at www.MealsToYou.org before April 1 to participate.

St. Landry Parish

New details have been released on meal distributions in St. Landry Parish for Monday, April 6, 2020. Meals will be delivered to several locations on Monday rather than only have pick-up at the St. Landry Parish School Board.

St. Landry Parish students will have an opportunity to receive 10 meals per week. Lunch and breakfast for an entire week will be handed out. It will not be necessary for the student to be present in the car, but the parent/guardian picking the food up will need to provide the student's name and school.

Meals will be available at the following locations on Monday, April 6, 2020.

  • Krotz Springs Town Hall (224 Main St) at 9 AM
  • Port Barre Police Station (498 Saizan St) at 9:30 AM
  • School Board Office (1013 Creswell Lane, Opelousas) at 10 AM
  • Plymouth Rock Baptist Church (162 Plymouth Rock Loop, Morrow) at 11:15 AM
  • New Life Church of God Campground (445 Campground Road, Palmetto) at 11:45 AM
  • Melville Civic Center (1105 First St) at 12:30 PM
  • Leonville Town Hall (3722 Hwy 31) at 11:30 AM
  • Sunset Elementary (236 Church Hill St) at 11 AM
  • Cankton Elementary (602 Main St) at 11:30 AM
  • New Zion Baptist Church (251 Nimitz St, Eunice) at 11:45 AM
  • Lawtell Community (Hwy 35, Hwy 103, & Hwy 104) at 11 AM

Vermilion Parish

The Vermilion Parish School Board will provide grab and go meals at Cecil Picard Elementary, Dozier Elementary, Eaton Park Elementary, Forked Island/E. Broussard Elementary, Gueydan High School, J. H. Williams Middle, and Rene Rost Middle until Thursday, April 9, 2020.

In an effort to continue to provide meals and maintain the safety and health of the staff, students, parents/guardians and community, the School Board announced a new program that will deliver meals to your doorstep for free. This program is called Meals-to-You, and it is a partnership between the district, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Baylor University. Students enrolled with the Vermilion Parish School Board are eligible to participate in the program.

When you sign up to get a Meals-to-You, every other week you will get a Meals-to-You box delivered to the home for each child 1-18 years in the household. Each box will include 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches that are kid-friendly and shelf stable - enough food for each child for two weeks

Households are urged to complete an application by Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by 11:59 pm to receive meals.

WHO QUALIFIES?
-All VPSB students enrolled at a CEP school site -Siblings, 0-18 years, living in the home of a student enrolled at a CEP school site -All VPSB students enrolled at a non-CEP school site that are currently receiving free or reduced meals
-Siblings, 0-18 years, living in the home of a student enrolled at non-CEP school site receiving free/reduced meals

HOW DO YOU SIGN-UP

All you have to do is fill out the form online by the due date of April 8, 2020. The application can be accessed by going to the Vermilion Parish School Board website at www.vpsb.net.

The following information will be required during the sign-up process:
-Parent/Guardian Name, Phone Number, Email
-Physical Mailing Address ***Very important for the meal delivery***
-School District - Vermilion Parish School Board
-Campus/School Name Currently Attending
-Student ID Number, Name, Birth date, Gender (Student ID found on student's gmail account or Parent Portal)
-Additional Sibling Information

Boxes will be provided on a first come, first served basis, so sign up online today. After the due date has passed, the Meals-to-You deliveries will not be available. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Meal Service Hotline at 898-5702.
All VPSB students with special diet prescriptions on file, call the Meal Service Hotline at 898-5702.