Frequently Asked Questions: Updated 3/30/20

  • Are you closing schools for the remainder of the school year?

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    In response to the Governor’s emergency proclamation on March 13, all Jefferson Parish Schools are closed until April 14. On March 30, the Governor announced his intention to extend this proclamation. This announcement is expected to be made the week of March 30. As soon as the extended school closure dates are announced, we will share that information on this website. 

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  • Will the closure impact Class of 2020 graduation ceremonies?

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    JP Schools graduations begin in May. The Governor’s original proclamation made on March 12 does not impact graduations, but on March 30 the Governor announced his intention to extend the proclamation until the end of April. As soon as the extended school closure dates are made official, we will share that information on this website. This information is expected to be made official during the week of March 30.

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  • When is the Magnet Application Window?

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    The magnet program application window opens April 20, 2020. Applications will become available on April 20, 2020, and will be taken from that date until May 8, 2020. You will be able to apply online at jpschools.org.

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  • Will the district offer meals to students while schools are closed?

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    JP Schools is partnering with the Three O’Clock Project to offer children enough meals for all seven days of the week starting April 1. The partnership will also allow the district to deliver meals to students in areas where traveling to a Grab & Go site is more challenging for families.

    On Wednesday, April 1, the district’s 13 Grab & Go sites will change from operating five days a week to being open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Children will begin receiving breakfast and lunch for that day and the following day on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Fridays, children will receive enough breakfasts and lunches to last through the weekend.

    See here for a list of sites. Families can go to any of the 13 locations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to pick up a free Grab and Go meal, even if the site is not their home school.

    To prepare for this shift, the district’s Grab & Go meal sites will be closed on Tuesday, March 31. The Grab & Go sites will operate as they currently do on Monday, March 30, with families receiving lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning.

    Meals will also be delivered to students on five different routes. The meals served on the routes will be the same as at the Grab & Go locations. Those routes are located in Terrytown, Harvey, Marrero, Westwego, and Metairie/Kenner. A starting date for delivery and additional details about the routes will be available at jpschools.org/GrabAndGo.

    Meals will be offered to any child age 18 and under (21 and under for special education students) regardless of whether they are a Jefferson Parish Schools student. The grab and go service will include pick-up lines outside the school for families to drive through or walk up. In order to avoid creating a large crowd, it is important that families immediately leave campus after receiving their meal.

    Meals will be provided to all children age 18 and under (21 and under for special education students) without charge. Acceptance and participating requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Jefferson Parish Schools is an equal opportunity provider.

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  • In light of Governor Edwards' stay-at-home order, will JP Schools still operate its Grab & Go sites?

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    Yes. The JP Schools Grab & Go sites will still be open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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  • What does this mean for our high school seniors?

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    The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is waiving spring End of Course (EOC) requirements for high school seniors. We will work to make sure our seniors have every opportunity to fulfill their goals towards graduation. 
     
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  • Will LEAP 2025 testing be rescheduled?

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    The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) was granted the waiver to cancel all spring LEAP 2025 testing. School systems may have the option to administer the assessment for informational purposes only. We will update this information as we learn more.

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  • Will ACT testing be rescheduled?

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    The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is working with ACT to identify new dates for testing windows for the previously scheduled ACT test dates, which were canceled due to the school closures. 

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  • Will you provide academic support to students during this time?

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    Jefferson Parish is offering at-home learning options in two different formats: online and print. These resources are meant to provide optional opportunities for student learning while students are absent from school. The district will not require online distance learning since we can not ensure that all students will have equal access to learning. We are the largest district in our state with a diverse student population, and many of our students do not have regular access to technology or the internet. 

    The second round of packets will be available March 30, April 1, and April 3 at one of our 13 Grab & Go sites. The first round of packets were available at our sites March 18-20 and can now be downloaded at jpschools.org/LearnAtHome, along with all of our online learning resources.

    We encourage our students and families to utilize these resources. Our teachers will be responsive and available via email should families have questions. Please know this will not take the place of regular classroom instruction. It’s meant to supplement student learning at home.

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  • What if I have a homework question?

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    We encourage our families to reach out to their teachers with any academic questions. Teacher email addresses are available on individual school websites. For a school website directory, visit jpschools.org/schools. The district has also opened a hotline for families who need academic support. The hotline number is 504-349-8999. The call center will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The hotline is available for families who have questions about either the online learning resources or printed learning packets.

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  • Will the school year or school days be extended to make up this missed time?

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    The Louisiana Department of Education has advised that the required instructional time has been suspended and will not have to be made up. Once additional information becomes available, we will provide updates through the district website and district social media channels.

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  • Can students still get a work permit while schools are closed?

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    Jefferson Parish Schools was able to assist our students who have been waiting to receive their Certificate to Employ Minor Permit. We have been able to service the backlog of students who were waiting for a permit.

    Beginning March 27, the Louisiana Workforce Commission Department of Labor will begin issuing special 60-day work permits for minors online. With this change, JP Schools will no longer offer appointments to provide work permits to minors while schools are closed.

    Employers desiring to obtain an Employment Certificate must submit a completed and signed “Application to Employ Minors under 18” along with proof of age to laborprograms@lwc.la.gov. The application can be downloaded from the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website at http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/WFD/MinorApplicationToEmployForm.pdf

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  • Where do I see my child's grades and report card?

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    Report cards and grades can be accessed through the Student Progress Center.

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  • How will my student be promoted to the next grade level if s/he doesn’t take the state assessment?

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    The LDOE is waiving spring EOC requirements for high school seniors and promotion requirements for 4th and 8th graders.

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  • My high school student is enrolled in a Dual Enrollment program. What next?

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    Based on guidance received from our local colleges and universities, principals will work with their students and families to continue Dual Enrollment courses. Please contact your principal for additional information and support.

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  • Is PK registration still happening?

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    Online PK registration is still open. For support, families should set up a phone appointment at picktime.com/registration or call 504-349-7916.

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  • Will events like prom be rescheduled?

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    Events like prom are a memorable experience for our students. Once a return date has been determined, we will evaluate the situation and work with high schools to consider options.

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  • Will schools and buildings be cleaned while school is out?

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    Yes. All schools and administration buildings in Jefferson Parish Schools will be cleaned and sanitized.

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  • Will JP Schools employees still be paid while the district is closed?

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    Yes. All Jefferson Parish Schools employees (regular salaried and hourly) will still be paid their regular salary for the time the district is closed.

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  • I am an JPS employee. Do I still report to work?

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    All employees are on call and should follow the direction of their direct supervisor.

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  • I’m a JPS teacher. What will happen with my evaluation and certification?

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    The LDOE is freeing up requirements for teachers’ COMPASS evaluations and will ensure that teachers' certifications aren't interrupted.

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  • How can I help?

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    We have received messages from our Jefferson Parish Schools community asking how they can help during this situation. At this time, the most helpful things to do include sharing our JP Schools updates with friends and family, following recommended CDC health practices, and following district social media channels for official information and updates.

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