School Operations for 2020-21
Dear Ascension Public Schools Families,
There are a couple of items that we want to bring to your attention, which is the purpose of today’s message.
- Virtual Learning for Spring 2021: We will continue to offer both the Blended Learning Program (BLP) and Home Based Virtual Learning (HBVL) during the spring semester. Students that are currently enrolled in virtual learning may choose to opt for in-person learning beginning January 4, 2021, or they may remain in virtual learning. Students who are currently attending in-person classes may opt into either of the offered virtual platforms. Schools will be sending out information later this week about the process for making requests to enroll in virtual learning or return to in-person learning for the third nine weeks. Remember, once a student requests to be a virtual learner, that student must remain in virtual learning until the end of the nine weeks in which they are enrolled. Each grading period ends on the following dates: December 18, 2020; March 12, 2021; and May 21, 2021. Please contact your school directly if you have any questions regarding our virtual programs.
- Revised Quarantine Guidelines: As many of you may have heard, the CDC recently reduced the required quarantine period for close contacts. On Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, we received guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) that allows us to begin implementing the new guidelines. The new guidelines allow for a return to school or work for close contacts after 10 days of quarantine with no symptoms as opposed to 14 days. In addition, a close contact may return after 7 days of quarantine provided they have a negative COVID-19 test. Click here to read the updated CDC guidelines. We will work with each individual to which this applies, including those currently in quarantine as well as those who may have to quarantine in the future, to be sure that the details are clear.
Ascension Public Schools