I know you have been receiving information throughout this week from your schools as we all work together to prepare for the opening of schools on Monday. It has been a great week of preparation for us, and we look forward to reconnecting with your children whether in person or online.
We continue to make preparations as well as look forward to providing educational services for students on August 10th.
We know you are anxious for more detailed plans around the opening of school this fall. We have important information to share with you today that will be followed-up with school-specific messages from our principals early next week. Please take the time to read through this entire message.
Our schools and district leaders have been working on detailed plans for reopening schools and providing educational services this fall using the Louisiana Department of Education's guidelines released on June 25, 2020.
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.
Dear Ascension Public Schools Family, I know we are all aware of the social unrest throughout our nation and communities. We have taken the opportunity to have some district-level leadership discussions and are encouraged about the opportunities for continued discussions so that we can listen and learn from each other as we unite to work, serve, and lead our school system in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
This message is to provide an update about high school graduation ceremonies this week. So far, it looks like the weather may allow us to continue our plans for traditional ceremonies in our stadiums. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes; please continue to send good thoughts for clear skies this week.
Our employees are back in our school buildings this week to close out the 2019-20 school year. We have enjoyed watching the many ways our schools have made milestone celebrations like 5th-grade and 8th-grade promotions and senior moments special in this unusual situation.
Classes may have officially ended, but we still need your help to close out the 2019-20 school year. You should have received directions from your school about how to turn in items such as library books and computing devices. There is additional important information we need to share with you.