Today was another excellent day of learning with 90% of our students attending in person and many more students participating in remote learning. Once again, I would like to express sincere gratitude to all of our teachers, staff, students, parents, and community for taking significant steps towards our recovery. We know navigating one-hour delayed starts these last two days have presented some challenges, but we are very grateful for your partnership.
We are so thankful for the many dedicated teachers and staff who successfully re-engaged students in learning today, both in person and remotely. We had a 90% student attendance rate, and we are working with those who could not participate due to prolonged impacts from Hurricane Ida.
Ascension Public Schools will resume instructional services for students on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, with a one-hour delayed start and relaxed dress code rules. All schools and programs except for Donaldsonville High (DHS), East Ascension High (EA), Gonzales Middle (GOMS), Lowery Elementary (LOE), Lowery Middle (LOMS), and Sorrento Primary (SOP) schools will be open for in-person learning. These schools that either have power issues (DHS, EA, GOMS, LOE, LOMS) or require moisture/mold remediation (SOP) will work with their families to provide remote learning that could include online services for those with Internet access, paper packets, or outreach by phone and other instructional apps.
In summary, the following are our plans, thus far: Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, extracurricular activities may resume, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, employees only report to work for a planning day, and Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, students should tentatively plan to return to learning.
All schools and offices of Ascension Public Schools will remain closed at least through Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. This includes all instructional services, both in-person and online. Twelve-month employees will remain on-call at this time.
Ascension Public Schools announces the appointment of Dineska McZeal as an Assistant Principal of Donaldsonville High School.
Ascension Public Schools announces the appointment of three new district and school leaders. Mary Dazé is the new Supervisor of TAP and Teacher Development, Julian Surla is the new Associate Principal of Donaldsonville High School, and Jacie Dunbar is the new Assistant Principal of Gonzales Middle School.
Ascension Public Schools announces the appointment of six new district and school leaders. Robyn Simmons, EdD, is the new Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, Brent Ramagost is the new Supervisor of Information Systems and Technology, Nicole Elmore Joseph is the new Principal of Early College Option, Daniel “Keragan” McCready is the new Assistant Principal of Dutchtown High, Kim Uzee is the new Associate Principal of East Ascension High School, and Mary Reenie Laginess is the new Assistant Principal of East Ascension High School.
The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) selected Ascension Public Schools to receive a Golden Achievement Award for its successful 2021 teacher recruitment campaign targeting Nicholls State University education majors.