Livingston Parish School Superintendent Joe Murphy announced today that an action plan approved by school leaders to move district activities forward through COVID-19 school closures. Murphy also offered an anticipated return date for access to campus facilities.
Murphy made it clear that the 2019-2020 school year will end on its regularly scheduled day of May 22, 2020. Livingston Parish teachers and school leaders will continue meaningful educational instruction through a blended model of learning to all students. According to Murphy, final report cards will be sent out on June 2.
Murphy said school leaders are planning to begin the 2020-2021 school year as originally planned on Aug. 7, 2020, but this can be revisited upon new state restrictions. Graduation ceremonies and other related activities will be postponed, until the month of June and possibly later.
“We are exploring all options, but we are hoping to be able to offer modified ceremonies at our campuses or other available venues, if restrictions are relaxed. If restrictions prohibit these modified ceremonies, we will offer our students and parents virtual opportunities,” Murphy said.
The district will offer credit recovery opportunities through summer education. Livingston Parish Schools will also provide virtual learning for the various grade levels. In some specific cases, a limited number of students could receive in-person instruction at a campus location, if the state allows.
“Between the end of the academic year and this reporting time, principals will reach out to parents to discuss their child’s progression, if necessary,” Murphy said.
He said the district plans to hold possibly one or two summer sessions for high school credit recovery in grades 9-11, noting that the format may include one session in June and a second session in July, or a single larger session that begins in mid-summer.
The district has also made provisions for Pre-K and Kindergarten registrations:
- Pre-K Registration (Phase 1) will be held from June 1-5, with determination letters for Phase 1 applicants being mailed June 15. Applications to fill any available seats from Phase 1 will be accepted beginning June 22. Pending the state’s guidelines, applications can be completed at the child’s home-based school campus or can be emailed directly to the school. Information regarding specific dates, times and procedures for each school will be posted on the LPPS Pre-K/Early Childhood webpage and on each school’s webpage after May 4, at https://lpearlychildhood.wixsite.com/lpearlychildhood. More information is available at 225-686-4302 or 225-686-4265.
- Kindergarten Registration will begin June 1. Pending the state’s guidelines, parents may register their child for Kindergarten on the campus of their home-based school or by emailing the school directly. Information regarding specific dates, times and procedures will be posted on the LPPS webpage at www.lpsb.org, and on each school’s webpage after May 4.
Livingston Schools will post additional information on the district website at www.lpsb.org and on social media.