WATCH: EBR Parish School System provides clarity on fall plans

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On Tuesday, we were the first to announce that the EBR School System is going virtual up until Labor Day.

We now have more details about how the early part of school is going to go for students in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Incoming EBRPSS Superintendent Leslie Brown, Associate Superintendent Adam Smith, Associate Superintendent Ben Necaise and Wildwood Principal Daniel Edwards held a virtual meeting at 10 a.m. in which the EBR Parish School System laid out its plans for the fall.

The EBR Parish School System is offering, “an all-virtual learning model for all students August 10 through Labor Day, unless otherwise announced.”

The decision to go all virtual for this period of time was made because of the rising coronavirus numbers in our state and feedback from interested parties.

Students can expect that classes will be given through whatever school they currently attend in the parish.

The EBR Parish School System provided details about other changes:

• Staff will engage in professional development from August 3-August 7. Staff will return to work
for school-level professional development days during this period. By pushing back the start
date for students from August 6 to August 10, staff have been given additional time to prepare
for the first day. The delayed start date for students should have no impact on the academic
calendar, including scheduled holidays.

• The district is poised to achieve a 1:1 student-to-device ratio by the start of school. For
households in need of connectivity or devices, support will be provided. Families are
encouraged to reach out to their child’s school for assistance or visit
https://www.ebr.technology/ for more information.

• The district remains committed to frequent, clear communication. Information and updates
will be provided through the district’s official communication channels, such as the district
website and FAQ resources, the EBR Schools Facebook page and robocalls to staff and families.

• Families will have the option of an all-virtual model for the entire school year. This will be an
option even if schools shift to offering a hybrid learning model, in which students engage in
face-to-face instruction on certain days each week and engage in remote learning on other days.

“We know the fall semester will look and feel different from those of the past. Just as none of us could have predicted the past four months, the future remains uncertain,” said Leslie M. Brown, incoming EBRPSS Superintendent. “Time and time again, the unity and collective strength of the EBR team has proven itself resilient. In order to meet our challenges, we will continue to work together in the midst of these unprecedented times. More than ever, we thank our educators for their commitment, and we thank our students and families for their flexibility and perseverance. United with our community partners, we continue to seek ways for collaboration and coordination of resources to move us forward.”

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