St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz is starting a program to assist working families of qualifying SLPSO employees as students prepare to go back to school virtually.
The voluntary program, called Children and Parents Education Relief System (CAPERS), will allow SLPSO employees with school age children in grades K-9 to bring their children to the sheriff's office. Parents will be permitted to supervise and assist their children with their assignments while also doing their job at the sheriff's office. Guidroz emphasized that no one will neglect their primary duties as a public employee while they're at work from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The children will have access to "recess" (play time) at the sheriff's office, and will have a place for lunch breaks. While lunches won't be provided by the sheriff's office, it will work with the local school board with the delivery of school lunches.
Sheriff Guidroz will be providing internet access at no additional cost to parents, school board, or his department.
"The virtual class students will be allowed to accompany Mom or Dad to their respective job location at 0800hrs, and will end their required classes at school dismissal times. The children will be allowed to stay with Mom or Dad until he/she ends their respective duty at 4:30p.m.", Guidroz added.
"The C.A.P.E.R.S. program for our employees will give the children an opportunity to, not only get their vital education, but will do so in a safe and nurturing environment. Additionally, the children will be able to interact with male and female law-enforcement officers during the course of the program, when time allows.
"I hope the idea created here at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office can be a model that other private and governmental organizations can implement," added Guidroz.
"I will provide the space. I will provide the interaction with law enforcement with the kids on their recess breaks," added the sheriff. "Of course, I'll go into the office or into the classroom from time to time and say hello, and I think it's just a great environment for the kids to be working alongside law enforcement."
Employees can enroll online using the sheriff's office inter-office webpage.
More details on the program can be found below:
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