School Operations for 2020-21

Ascension Safe Start Guide (Updated 05/10/21)

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Dear Ascension Public Schools Families,

We hope this message finds you all having a great summer filled with the adventures and family time that you have been looking forward to. July marks an unofficial halfway point of our summer break, and we want to share a bit of mid-summer information with you. 
We completed our summer enrichment sessions today and are very grateful for the hard work of all those students that participated. And of course, none of this would have been possible without the commitment from our outstanding teachers, support staff, and school leaders who worked to create quality experiences for students during the month of June. 

Last week, the Louisiana Department of Education released initial recommendations regarding safe operations of schools for the 2021-22 school year. As we all learned last year, recommendations and guidelines can change as things evolve, but for now, we will consider the recommendations found in this document as a resource when making preliminary plans for operating schools this upcoming school year. As mentioned in the LDOE document, we continue to expect cases of COVID in our community as well as in our schools. As we were able to do last year, we believe we can prevent schools from becoming sources of infectious spreads by being mindful of personal monitoring of symptoms, personal hygiene, distancing to the greatest extent possible, and proper daily facility sanitization and cleaning. 
The following list contains some items of interest:
  1. There will be no initial health screenings required at school. Screenings (temperature and symptom checks) should take place at home. It will be very important for students and adults to monitor their own symptoms and stay home when there are signs of any illness. 
  2. Face coverings will not be prohibited but are now optional, as was the case during summer enrichment. We encourage individuals to consult with their personal health care providers for guidance on the necessity of wearing a face covering.
  3. Group sizes are no longer prescribed in terms of a number, but consideration of maximizing distancing is still recommended. 
  4. Partitions are not required to separate groups indoors, which will make it more convenient to use large spaces such as gyms and cafeterias. 
  5. Personal hygiene is essential to minimizing the spread of germs. Therefore, frequent hand washing and sanitizing will continue to be encouraged. Schools will be provided supplies to ensure personal hygiene can remain a priority for all students and adults. 
  6. It is recommended that students bring a reusable bottle to school and utilize on-campus bottle fillers as water fountains will remain closed
  7. A response to confirmed positive cases within a school or school-related activity will include contact tracing and quarantining. More guidance regarding contact tracing and quarantining will be forthcoming. 
For those who are not comfortable with in-person learning, we will continue to offer virtual learning via our Blended Learning Program (BLP) through APPLe Digital Academy. This is our online learning program that has been offered since 2013. For more information or to register for BLP, please contact your school directly. School employees are available to help you complete the process. 

We hope everyone enjoys the upcoming July 4th weekend. Our schools and district offices will be closed July 2 - 6, 2021, in observance of Independence Day. Summer operations will resume on July 7th. We wish you and your families a safe holiday and the second half of summer break. We look forward to connecting with you again closer to the start of school!

David Alexander
Ascension Public Schools
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
 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 04/20/21)   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:


Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm