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Iberia Parish School District to continue learning plans during closure

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Posted at 3:12 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 16:12:55-04

NEW IBERIA, La. — The Iberia Parish School District announced on Friday that it would continue its learning plans during the end of the year school closures mandated by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

According to a release from Iberia Parish School Superintendent Carey Laviolette, the district will remain vigilant to provide learning plans for students that enable them to work on state standards.

Teachers throughout the parish will continue providing distance-learning lessons weekly through May 22, the release states. Additional resources are available on the district website at www.iberiaschools.org to be used now and throughout the summer.

Student promotional decisions, especially seniors, are a high priority for the district, according to the release.

School officials state that high schools are in the process of examining senior graduation requirements and reaching out to students who require make-up or recovery work beginning the week of April 20.

Additional information for seniors will also be posted to the IPSD website, the release states, and promotional guidance for K-11 grade students is forthcoming.

The district states that it assures graduating seniors that graduation ceremonies will be provided according to state and local clearances. Even if modifications are required, this important milestone will be celebrated in some capacity for the class of 2020, it states, and more information will be released as state guidelines are issued.

Currently, all students in the IPSD are eligible to receive weekly breakfast and lunch meals from “The Healthy School Food Collaborative” Organization. Applications are available on the district website for delivery the following week.

According to the director of the HSFC, meals will be provided for Iberia Parish public school students through June 30.

The district states that it is using this time to prepare for a true distance learning option for all students if needed.

School officials state the acquisition of electronic devices, online hotspots, virtual curriculum, and the creation of teacher professional development are all part of the long-term planning process in the event the district is ever again faced with a prolonged school closure.

The says that summer offers the opportunity for remediation of prior year skills, and that it intends to host a modified form of summer school opportunities.

By the end of May, schools will contact students who are eligible for online summer classes, the release states.

The district says more updates will be available at www.iberiaschools.org.

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