Updates

Planning for the Fall

Dear Ascension Public Schools Families,
 
Now that summer is well underway, we know everyone is anxious to know what next school year will look like for students. Our preference will always be to provide opportunities for students to be served face-to-face in our buildings while also providing opportunities for students to be served online if they choose to do so. How we engage students in learning will be determined largely by the re-opening phase of our state.
 
Governor John Bel Edwards created the Resilient Louisiana Commission, a state commission charged with making recommendations for operating amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the subcommittees of this commission is looking specifically at the operation of schools. We will use the guidance developed to provide more details on our approach for opening schools this fall. We expect those guidelines to be released in the near future.  
 
For now, we would like to share some general parameters around how we are planning for next school year:
  • If Louisiana is in Phase 1, it is highly likely students will be participating in online/distance learning due to the attendance restrictions in our buildings.
  • If Louisiana is in Phase 2, it is possible there will be blended school services such as serving our youngest students and those who have the highest need for face-to-face learning in our school buildings daily while older students will be served primarily through online/distance learning.
  • If Louisiana is in Phase 3, we hope to serve all students in our buildings except those who choose to participate in online/distance learning. However, there may still be modifications to our school days and procedures to comply with safety guidelines.
     
We will continue to work diligently to develop detailed plans that provide clear approaches to our services to students depending upon the re-opening phase declared by state officials and the guidelines by which we must abide. In order to do that, we need to gather information from you around your preferences for next school year.
 
SURVEY
Please take a few minutes to complete a short, anonymous survey about student attendance for next school year: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BGG5CWK. The survey should be completed for each child who attends our schools. Rest assured, this will not commit you to an academic path, but it will help us better plan our educational services for students.
 
It is our goal to keep school as normal as possible and offer the highest level of instruction to students on a daily basis without compromising public safety. Please know, for those who have concerns about attending school in our buildings, Ascension Public Schools has offered online learning since 2013. This is an option that is always available to students. More information about that program will be shared as we roll-out detailed plans for the fall.
 
Thank you for your continued partnership and trust. It is only through the hard work of our dedicated teachers, staff, and students, along with the support of our parents and community that we can overcome any challenges faced. Whether it is a natural disaster or a global pandemic, we will remain committed to serving students and supporting one another, and that is how we will continue to succeed in this ever-changing world.
 
Respectfully,

David Alexander
Superintendent
Ascension Public Schools