We hope this message finds you all doing well and looking forward to a successful final nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year. We are grateful every year to successfully reach this point, but because of the challenges experienced this school year, this milestone is even more special.
Happy New Year! We hope that the holiday season was special and that you each are left with many great memories of a wonderful time with family and friends. Now that we are back to business, we look forward to the spring semester and all that is ahead for our students.
I know we are all looking forward to the days ahead as the holiday season is something we all anxiously anticipate each year. We are very proud of our students who found ways to overcome very unusual circumstances to pursue their education in order to successfully complete Semester 1 of the 2020-21 school year. We know our students endured many new processes that included face coverings, unexpected days of quarantine, and many other abnormal routines. Yet, they stayed the course to make academic progress this semester. We are very grateful for their unwavering cooperation as well as the support and encouragement that came from our students' parents and guardians!
Students are finishing up their final couple of weeks of the first semester. Whether online or in-person, we are proud that students have invested well, and we know that their hard work will be rewarded in the years to come. We also know that students are grateful for all of the effort teachers and staff have put forth for them to support their learning. Everyone is looking forward to the annual Holiday Break, but we still have important work to do over the next two weeks to finish strong this semester.
Yesterday, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a new Executive Order for Louisiana’s response to COVID-19. During his press conference, he complimented the work of Louisiana’s schools and applauded the efforts to follow safety guidelines that enable schools to offer in-person learning while mitigating infectious spread.
Today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana will go into a "Revised Phase 2" starting tomorrow until Dec. 23, 2020. We are waiting to see the details of the Executive Order, but Governor Edwards did state that a decision on the operations of schools will be made by local school districts.
We know everyone is looking forward to the upcoming break! Although we have stated it over and over, it continues to be worth stating: what our students, our teachers, our staff members, and you as parents have been able to accomplish to this point is absolutely amazing.
As October comes to a close, we are thankful for many things. First, we did not have any significant impacts to our campuses from Hurricane Zeta. We are grateful that our teachers and students were able to continue learning remotely while we waited for the storm to travel through our area. Utilizing technology in this instance allows us to provide an uninterrupted educational experience, thus avoiding the possibility of canceling scheduled holidays or extending the school year.
We are fortunate to have outstanding employees in every position who work to ensure students experience quality services at every touchpoint. We traditionally set aside time each spring for a unified effort of appreciation. However, we want to take a moment to recognize a very special group of educators.