General Frequently Asked Questions

  • I need assistance. What resources are available?

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    If you are in immediate need of shelter, water or food, call the Emergency Operations Center at 504-349-5360. Local, state, and federal agencies and organizations are providing resources, support, and information to those impacted by Hurricane Ida. We created this page to link to some of the resources and information available to employees and families as they recover from the storm. We will continue to update these and share on our various communication channels.

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  • Will JP School employees continue to get paid despite school closures?

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    Yes. The Jefferson Parish School Board met to declare a state of emergency, and therefore all regular salaried and hourly employees with a pay assignment will continue to be paid during the closure.

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  • If I am not set up for direct deposit, what should I do?

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    If you are not set up for direct deposit, contact Stephen Hudak at stephen.hudak@jpschools.org to get set up for direct deposit.

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Reopening Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are you opening schools on a rolling basis instead of all at once?

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    Hurricane Ida’s impact on Jefferson Parish varied from community to community and across our 80 campuses. A tiered approach allows school to resume as soon as possible for as many children as possible. Our main goal has always been to safely reopen schools and as quickly as possible. Public schools are a cornerstone of a strong, well-functioning community. Our schools exist to provide children with the education they deserve to succeed in life and make our world a better place. At a more basic level, schools provide a sense of normalcy and a safe place for children during the day.

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  • How do I find the reopening tier for my school?

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    A list of schools in each reopening tier can be found on our website.

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  • Why are the schools in Lafitte and Grand Isle not included in these tiers?

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    Grand Isle School, Leo Kerner Elementary, and Fisher Middle-High will not be part of the general reopening tiers due to the significant impact of the storm in Grand Isle and Lafitte. We will directly communicate reopening plans with those employees and families prior to any public announcement.

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  • Why are Jefferson Parish charter schools not included in the tiers?

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    Charter schools operate with additional autonomy and can make opening and closing decisions independently. Those schools will directly communicate individual reopening plans with their employees and families.

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  • Are schools safe for children and employees?

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    When our buildings reopen, they will be safe for students and employees. Contractors will release schools to the district as they meet safety, environmental, and operational standards. At this time in our recovery, we are prioritizing safety. Our schools and classrooms may not look the same, but they will be safe for instruction. Please remember that the average age of our buildings is close to 60 years.

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  • What if an employee is unable to return to work based on their school’s tier?

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    If any of our employees have extenuating circumstances, they should contact their supervisor directly. We will work with employees on a case-by-case basis to assist them based on their needs.

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  • What if a family is unable to send their child to school at this time due to Hurricane Ida’s impact?

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    If any of our families have extenuating circumstances, they should contact their school when buildings reopen. Contact information is available on our website.

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  • Will a virtual option be offered for families unable to return?

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    Jefferson Parish Schools is a traditional PK-12 school system and will continue to focus on in-person instruction. We know students learn best from being in-person, so we are not offering virtual learning outside of our standalone virtual high school, Jefferson Virtual High School.

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  • Will transportation be impacted?

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    We anticipate we may continue to face a shortage of bus drivers. While we hope that is not the case, families may still experience delays or disruptions to bus transportation as we work to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

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  • Will we have to make-up the missed days?

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    Our goal is to ensure children receive the benefits of a complete academic year. While our academic calendar had additional instructional minutes built into it, the days we have missed due to Hurricane Ida have exceeded that cushion. The state mandates a minimum number of instructional minutes that school systems are required to meet each year. Any waiver of these minutes would have to be requested by the state and approved by the governor. We will be in touch soon about our academic calendar as we continue to evaluate options to make up the days missed due to Hurricane Ida.

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  • Will school start and end times be impacted?

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    At this time we do not anticipate changes to school start or dismissal times. Any changes would be communicated to families and employees by the school and/or district.

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  • What COVID-19 precautions will students and employees follow when returning to school?

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    Like we did prior to Hurricane Ida, we will continue to follow our Start Strong Jefferson protocols when we are back in schools.

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  • I’ve seen the reopening plan listed as “tentative.” Could it change?

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    Yes. Contractors have assessed each campus, and recovery work is underway. Contractors will release school campuses back to us as those buildings meet safety, environmental, and operational standards. The contractors have shared their timeline with us, and we used this information to create a tentative reopening plan. These timelines are subject to change based on our buildings meeting safety standards.

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