We continue to make preparations as well as look forward to providing educational services for students on August 10th.
We know you are anxious for more detailed plans around the opening of school this fall. We have important information to share with you today that will be followed-up with school-specific messages from our principals early next week. Please take the time to read through this entire message.
Today, Ascension Public Schools provided information to parents about school operations for the new school year through a dedicated section of its website, www.apsb.org/2020-21.
Principal Carli Francois of Dutchtown High School has been named the 2020 State Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Ascension Public Schools will hold public forums in July about the August 15 school construction bond election. The forums, which are divided by high school feeder system, began in March before the COVID-19 closures moved the election from May 9 to August 15. Parents and employees from all schools plus the general public are encouraged to attend. For those who cannot or do not want to attend in person, a virtual meeting will also be held.
Ascension Public Schools announces the Support Personnel of the Year for 2020. These outstanding professionals were named during COVID-19 school closures, so they will be recognized at an Ascension Parish School Board meeting in the fall. District winners will be named at the time.
Louisiana has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families who normally receive free and reduced-price meals at school. This includes all families attending a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. To receive these benefits, families must complete an application. The application deadline was extended to June 15.
We began summer school support for K-8 students this past Monday on an as-needed basis. That support is online at this time, and we want to thank all the teachers that facilitate and our leaders that organize this effort and the opportunity for high school students to take online courses for credit later this month, on an as-needed basis. We hope all the students that participate in summer learning gain value from their time invested! Some of these summer programs may experience an interruption due to Tropical Storm Cristobal.
This message is to provide an update about high school graduation ceremonies this week. So far, it looks like the weather may allow us to continue our plans for traditional ceremonies in our stadiums. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes; please continue to send good thoughts for clear skies this week.