Apr. 03, 2020 

Dear Ascension Public Schools Families,

Yesterday, Governor John Bel Edwards issued an Executive Order extending the Stay at Home Order and school closures through April 30, 2020. This means that our buildings will remain closed, but we will still provide services to students.

We will observe the previously scheduled Easter/Spring Break from April 6-13, 2020. That means there will be no academic learning assignments or meal programs for students during this time. We want our students, parents, teachers, and staff to take a well-deserved break. As we have moved into a digital environment, it will be more important than ever to unplug, relax, and spend time with our immediate families.

When we return from the break on Tuesday, April 14th, teachers will resume online learning activities with students, and our teachers and staff will plan for additional supplementary materials such as printed packets. You can expect a message from the district or your school principal on April 14th with detailed instructions for picking up or downloading additional materials. Remember, this is still an opportunity for your student(s) to improve upon their grades at no risk. Our previously communicated stance on 4th Quarter grading still stands.

We are grateful for the hard work of our Child Nutrition Program and other staff who provided meal services for students over the past several weeks of school closures. Their efforts fed thousands of students.
Moving forward after Spring Break, we are partnering with the Three O’Clock Project to provide “Grab & Go” meals for students while schools are closed. Partnering with this local non-profit group will allow us to provide meals at more locations to meet the nutrition needs of all children 18 and under in our community.
Starting Tuesday, April 14th (after our Spring Break), there will be six pickup locations:
  1. Donaldsonville High School,
  2. Dutchtown High School,
  3. East Ascension High School,
  4. St. Amant High School,
  5. Sorrento Primary School, and
  6. The APSO Waguespack Center in Donaldsonville.
Details including pick-up times and menus will be shared at a later date. More information about the Three O’Clock Project can be found at (Please note, information about the Ascension program will be posted in the coming days.)

We have learned a lot about new and innovative ways to serve students these past few weeks. Our teachers, as well as all those that serve and support children, continue to commit to the privilege and obligation we have to this community. We welcome you taking the time to share the challenges you experience, the questions you have, and the encouragement and appreciation that so many of you have expressed. Enjoy this scheduled spring break! We look forward to reconnecting with you and your children Tuesday, April 14th.

David Alexander
Ascension Public Schools