Message from the Superintendent
JP Schools Family,
Last school year opened with uncertainty about the challenges ahead. All of us — students, teachers, administrators, support staff, families — entered a school year during a global health pandemic for the first time. This time last year, there was no vaccine and no blueprint for how to educate in-person while keeping students and staff safe from COVID-19.
Things look different as we enter this school year. While we should still expect cases of COVID-19 in our schools, safe and effective vaccines are widely available to all adults and children ages 12 and up. We also have a blueprint for how to safely educate students during the pandemic. Medical experts testified that Louisiana schools were among the safest environments for children.
Our priority is to provide the best learning environment possible for students while keeping everyone safe. As educators, we are not experts on the virus. That’s why we’ve continued to work side-by-side with local and state medical experts since before the first case of COVID-19 in Jefferson Parish. We developed our mitigation measures using guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local healthcare partners.
These guidelines are based on the best information available today. We will continue to work with medical experts to ensure our mitigation measures prioritize the safety of students and employees and are appropriate for the current health situation. As the virus and medical recommendations evolve, we will adjust our plans accordingly so we can continue to safely educate children through what we all hope is one of the final chapters of this terrible pandemic.
Last year’s success was due to the tireless work of our teachers, administrators, support staff, families, and the unwavering support from our School Board and community. We all came together. It wasn’t always easy, but the entire JP Schools family kept kids at the forefront. Not only do you have my utmost gratitude, but you have my confidence that we will rise to the occasion once again to meet the needs of all our children.
Dr. James Gray
Jefferson Parish Schools