School Operations for 2020-21

Dear Ascension Public Schools Families,

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.

There are a couple of items that we want to bring to your attention, which is the purpose of today’s message.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
In closing, we wish everyone a successful completion of the first semester. We continue to be grateful for our entire staff who provide quality, daily services to students despite the many challenges of this year. We are #AscensionStrong with #Excellence #AscendingTogether.
 
Respectfully,
  
Please use the links in this table for more information for our parents and students, as well as Official Resources for the latest on COVID-19
PARENTS/STUDENTS EMPLOYEES OFFICIAL RESOURCES 
 PHASE 1  Contacts for Human Resources  Louisiana Department of Health
PHASE 2  Virtual Physician Appointments  LA Dept of Heath COVID-19 Dashboard
PHASE 3  Human Resources Coronavirus Updates Louisiana Governor's Office
ONLINE LEARNING  Covid-19 Resources & Leave Information Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Ascension Safe Start Guide (Updated 02/12/21)   Ascension Parish Government
 The Parent's Guide to Google Classroom   Ascension Parish OHSEP
Technology / Resolving Computing Device Issues   City of Donaldsonville
Internet Access for Students    Ascension Parish Sheriff's Department 
Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs    City of Gonzales Police Department  
Ascension Public Schools Literacy Resource for Accessible Online/Distant Learning   Louisiana Department of Education 

Zoom Cheat-Sheet for parents & caregivers

Zoom Cheat-Sheet para padres y cuidadores

  Department of Education
Guidance for Early Learning at Home    Department of State - Travel Advisories   

Continuous Education for Students with Disabilities Family Toolbox

   
COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry   

 

Student Meal Request Form for Curbside Pickup    

Family Toolbox for Students with Disabilities

   

Early Childhood (Pre-K) Phase 2 Parent Guide/INFORMACIÓN PARA PADRES 2020-2021

Fase 2 Reapertura

 

LA Department of Health

Coronavirus Information Line:

1-855-523-2652

Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm