Emergency Information

CURRENT STATUS: 

Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, all schools will return to normal schedules, and student dress code rules will be back in effect.

FRIDAY, September 10, 2021 4:00 p.m.

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. 

Starting Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, all schools will return to normal schedules, and student dress code rules will be back in effect.

We plan to transition Donaldsonville High, Gonzales Middle, Lowery Elementary, and Lowery Middle schools back to in-person learning on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, as well. Power was restored to all schools on Thursday, and each of our schools has gone through extensive facility checks and cleanings.

Due to moisture and mold issues at Sorrento Primary School, we have taken extra precautions and engaged both environmental engineers and professional cleaning services. We are confident their efforts have successfully mitigated those issues and the campus will be safe for students and staff to return for in-person learning on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.
 
We know that for some families, there still remain challenges from Hurricane Ida. Rest assured, we want to work with you to overcome any barriers to student learning.

INTERIM REPORTS
We are happy to announce a new and exciting feature for parents. Interim grade reports can now be viewed on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. To view your child’s interim, log into your PowerSchool Parent account online at http://apsb.powerschool.com, click "Student Reports" in the left margin, and click on "Interim." Please note, this report is not available in the mobile app.

Have a restful weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather!

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THURSDAY, September 9, 2021 T 3:40 p.m.

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.
 
We are happy to announce that power was restored to all of our schools! The following are our plans for the six schools that provided remote learning today:
  • East Ascension High School will open for in-person learning tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
  • Donaldsonville High, Gonzales Middle, Lowery Elementary, and Lowery Middle schools will continue offering remote learning opportunities on Friday and are targeting a return for students on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. We believe we can complete the necessary assessments and building preparations this weekend provided we don't encounter issues over the next several days.
  • Sorrento Primary School will continue to offer remote learning at this time. We are still working with experts to address moisture and mold issues on that campus, and we want to be certain all issues have been properly mitigated before bringing students back for in-person learning.
Drive-thru pickup of hot meals for children ages 0-18 will continue to be offered on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Donaldsonville Primary and Sorrento Primary schools.

For all schools open for in-person learning, Friday will be another relaxed dress code day and one-hour late arrival. This strategy of traveling during daylight really helped our bus drivers, teachers, and student drivers safely transition to navigating roads that may be modified with debris or other obstacles. It is our intent to return to normal operating hours and regular dress code requirements on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.
 
We will continue to work with families who have challenges and obstacles due to Hurricane Ida. If you have not done so already, please contact your principal for details about how we will work with you. Also, you can expect another message from us on Friday afternoon with the latest updates.
 
We hope your child had a great day and pray for those of you who are still struggling with the repercussions of the hurricane. Together, we will overcome any challenges ahead. 

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WEDNESDAY, September 8, 2021 at 4:50 p.m.

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.

The relaxed dress code and one-hour delayed start will be in effect both Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, and Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Schools will dismiss at normal times. This is to address barriers voiced by our community regarding access to washing clothes and navigating streets with potential debris during daylight hours. It is also important to note that schools will work with families who have extenuating circumstances that will not allow them to participate either in-person or remotely.

We know this has been a very difficult two weeks, and we know everyone has unique circumstances and needs. We want to open where we can and begin providing services for our nearly 24,000 students. Where we cannot open, we want to be as innovative as possible to provide learning opportunities. A drive-thru pickup of hot meals for children ages 0-18 will be available on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at both Donaldsonville Primary and Sorrento Primary schools.

Our school leaders will send out detailed information this evening about specific arrival times, relaxed dress code guidelines, and how to contact the school should students have barriers to learning. 

Please note, we do not currently anticipate having to make significant calendar changes that impact planned staff development days or holidays. However, early dismissals may be adjusted and would be announced at the school level.

We welcome your patience and prayers as we slowly move towards normal operations. We can overcome all challenges together!

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

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.

We continue to assess not only our campuses, but also the general infrastructure in our community. As soon as we gather more information in consultation with emergency officials, we will communicate about the potential reopening of schools.

“Events like these are always challenging, frustrating and have a lot of disappointment associated with them. However, these sorts of challenging events remind us of the outstanding people of this community who rise up with heroic efforts like our governmental agencies, first responders, law enforcement, and the resilient and determined Ascension Public Schools employees who are so quick to respond and recognize the need to get our community to get back on its feet. For now, we will count our blessings and support those around us who need encouragement and assistance as we work together to complete another recovery effort in this incredible community,” said Superintendent David Alexander.

 

Please continue to monitor our website, www.apsb.org, and local media for updates.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.
 

All schools and offices of Ascension Public Schools will be closed Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, and Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, due to the projected impacts of Hurricane Ida. These closures include all instructional services, both in-person and online.

A decision about operations on Wednesday will be communicated on Tuesday. Please continue to monitor our website, www.apsb.org, and local media for updates.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021 at 4 p.m.

All schools and offices of Ascension Public Schools will be closed Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, due to the projected impacts of Hurricane Ida. This closure includes all instructional services, both in-person and online, so that staff and families can prepare for and respond to storm impacts. 

A decision will be made by Monday as to whether any additional days of school closures are needed as we consult with emergency officials relative to storm location and impacts to our area.   

For official decisions regarding school closures, please visit the district website, www.apsb.org.

 


 

 

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GENERAL Crisis and Emergency Communication

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is a priority and Ascension Public Schools will provide current information about any situation that impacts schools as soon as it is available using a combination of the following methods:

  • Website
    • www.apsb.org : Official notifications of school closures are posted on our website's homepage and newsroom.
  • SchoolMessenger
    • Phone Calls: Broadcast messages to phones of parents/guardians and staff
    • E-mails: Broadcast message to emails of students, faculty, and staff 
    • Text Messaging: Broadcast messages to registered cell phones of parents/guardians
  • Social Media
Ascension Public Schools has an agreement with SchoolMessenger to deliver emergency information by SMS text, voice and/or email messages. Ascension Public Schools will use SchoolMessenger to provide information and directions related to significant events that pose a threat to the school community.
 

Ascension Public Schools also has a parish-wide agreement with RemindApp. RemindApp is for teacher to student messaging and is NOT an official emergency notification system. Please refer to the above methods for official emergency communication methods.