LPSS statement regarding school closures

Posted at 10:27 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 11:29:00-04

LPSS released the following letter regarding school closures for the remainder of the year:

Dear LPSS Family,

Governor John Bel Edwards announced yesterday that he has officially closed K-12 public schools in Louisiana until the end of the current school year. In accordance with the proclamation, our students will not be returning to classrooms this year.

While we are disappointed that we will not return to our schools, we respect the decision and know that it was a necessary one to keep our students and staff safe, as that is always our top priority.

Louisiana is not the first state to make this difficult decision. Our team has been planning for many different scenarios as we began to see the number of coronavirus cases rise in our region. With this announcement of school closures, many details still need to be finalized before we can share information with families, such as continuing to enhance opportunities for optional learning and how to finalize this school year.

We know that this closure brings up many questions, as parents want to know how this will affect different aspects of your child's education. We can assure you that we are working diligently and meeting virtually daily to finalize details and to get that information to you. We are also examining what our academic recovery plan will look like when schools reopen, as we are concerned with closing the learning gaps that will result from the loss of learning instruction. In addition to the online resources that we have already provided, we are in the process of preparing printed material for students who don't have internet/online access. We will nofy parents regarding the pickup schedule.

As we learn more information and make decisions, we will share it with you through our weekly updates on Friday afternoons, and more often when deemed necessary. As a reminder, we post frequently asked questions and additional information on our LPSS Update Center found on the LPSS website

Your school will be your first line of communication. Teachers will continue to be in contact with families about what this means for their child. Please be patient as our educators learn and prepare information to share. If you haven't done so before, make a habit of regularly vising your school's website as well as the district's website. Web addresses can be found on the LPSS website

Thank you for your cooperation, as this is something we're all experiencing together for the very first me. We will connue to find new ways to stay connected and support our students and families, while following guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Irma D. Trosclair
Lafayette Parish School System