Emergency Information




Tuesday, September 15th, 3 p.m. - Ascension Public Schools will resume normal operations on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, following closures from Hurricane Sally.


Students will return to school as originally scheduled. That means all primary students will return to school, and middle and high school students on an alternating schedule should attend in person if they are in the first group, usually identified as “A” group for most schools. The second “B” group will remain virtual on Wednesday.


This decision was made in consultation with emergency officials. Ascension Parish is no longer under a Hurricane Warning or a Tropical Storm Warning.


Monday, September 14th, 5 p.m. -Students in Ascension Public Schools will re-engage in learning remotely while all schools and offices remain closed on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, due to Hurricane Sally. In addition, the Ascension Parish School Board meetings scheduled for Tuesday are canceled. Twelve-month employees should be prepared to perform duties on Tuesday as assigned by their immediate supervisor.

As of the 4 p.m. update from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Sally is now a Category 2 with 100-mph winds and could intensify overnight. Although forecasted to track more to the east than originally projected, the region west of the I-55 corridor, which includes parts of Ascension, still has a chance of sustained tropical storm force winds. In addition, there is the potential for water on low-lying roads from storm surge. This poses a safety risk for buses, car riders, and student drivers. 

“An emergency declaration has been issued for Ascension Parish. In addition, our parish is under both a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning. While there is a possibility we will not see severe weather from this hurricane, if the track shifts to the west the risk to our area drastically increases. For these reasons we are going to play it safe by utilizing a day of online learning. Please know, a storm impact such as loss of power will result in an excused day for students,” said Superintendent David Alexander. “These decisions are made in consultation with emergency officials and in the best interest of the safety of our 23,000 students and 3,000 employees. We remain prayerfully grateful for current information anticipating a turn away from us. We continue to keep those in other areas who may be anticipating more significant impacts from this storm in our thoughts and prayers.”

A decision about school on Wednesday will be made Tuesday afternoon. For all official decisions regarding school closures, please visit the district website, www.apsb.org.



Sunday, September 13th, 4 p.m. -  All schools and offices of Ascension Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, so that employees and families can prepare for Tropical Storm Sally and avoid potentially hazardous wind gusts during dismissal times tomorrow. This closure includes the suspension of all instructional services, both in-person and online. Twelve-month employees should be prepared to perform duties on Monday, as assigned by their immediate supervisor.

District personnel are working closely with local and state emergency officials to monitor the path of Tropical Storm Sally, which is expected to become a hurricane before landfall overnight Monday. Although additional closures are possible, decisions about closures will be made one day at a time unless there are obvious circumstances that merit a lengthy closure. As such, a decision about school and the Ascension Parish School Board meetings on Tuesday will not be finalized until Monday afternoon.

Please be aware, with the potential loss of multiple days of instruction this week, the planned early release on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, and Staff Development Day on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, are canceled. That means, at this time, students and employees should plan to attend regular, full days of school on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18. This decision is being made in order to avoid the cancellation or shortening of holidays to make up for lost instructional time.

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


SAFE STart 2020



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.