St. Tammany Parish Public Schools

St. Tammany Parish Public Schools is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of our students and staff. As a result, we would like to keep the public informed by providing this list of answers to frequently asked questions. This is an extremely fluid situation and this list will be updated as information becomes available.

(Updated March 27, 2020)

In this FAQ
General | Students | Meals | Remote Learning Resources | Parents | Employees

General

Are you closing school?
Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order closing all school facilities to students in Louisiana until Monday, April 13, as a precautionary measure against the transmission of the coronavirus. All St. Tammany Parish Public Schools will close to students, effective Monday, March 16.

Will schools be closed the rest of the school year?
We do not know at this time. We are waiting for further guidance from the state and Louisiana Department of Education on when schools will be reopened and what this means for the remainder of this school year.

I am feeling stressed and anxious about everything that is going on. Where can I get help?
Visit the STPPS Mental Health Support webpage for tips and advice from trained counselors and links and phone numbers for mental health resources.

STPPS Mental Health Providers are available to support families through the STPPS Cares Email Helpline at mentalhealth@stpsb.org. Email the helpline to get personalized guidance on resources and tools for supporting students, families and employees directly from members of the STPPS Mental Health Team.

Are school events canceled?
The current closure includes all STPPS athletics, activities, clubs, and events. 

Are field trips and other scheduled trips canceled?
All field trips and other scheduled trips (i.e. senior trips) during this statewide mandated closure are canceled.

Will I receive a refund from my child’s scheduled field trip or senior trip?
Our school principals are working directly with companies to obtain refunds for trips that were already paid for and had to be canceled. Please contact your school administrator through your school hotline number to get information specific to your child’s trip.

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding Special Education?
If you have a question regarding special education, please call 985-898-3311.

Who can I contact if I have a general question?
If you have a general information question, please call 985-892-2276.

Who can I contact if I have school-related questions?
If you have school-related questions, please call your school’s hotline number.

If I have questions about how this situation affects my child or the remote learning resources,
who can I contact?

Administrators and school principals will be available through an information hotline at each school.

The information on my child’s school website is old. Where can I find the most updated information?
You can find the latest and most updated information on the district website (www.stpsb.org) or the district social media channels.

How can I help?
We have received messages from the caring STPPS community asking how they can help during this situation. At this time, the most helpful things to do include sharing STPPS updates with friends and family, following recommended CDC health practices, and following district social media channels for official information and updates.

What are you doing to prepare for the possibility of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the St. Tammany Parish Public School System?
As a school district, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and taking guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To get STPPS updates and information, visit www.stpsb.org/coronavirus.

Students

My child needs a work permit. Who should I contact?
For work permits, please contact Terri Wortmann at terri.wortmann@stpsb.org.

Do I have to reset my STPSB password each month?
Passwords will not expire while schools are closed so your password will not need to be changed.

What about graduations?
All STPPS graduations are held at Southeastern Louisiana University’s University Center. The facility director has told us that they will be evaluating April and May events shortly and will contact the School System as decisions are made.

Will ACT testing be rescheduled?
The LDOE has advised it is working with ACT to identify new dates for testing windows for the previously scheduled March 17, 2020, national test which was canceled due to the school closures. The April 4, 2020, national test date has been rescheduled for June 13, 2020. ACT says all students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email in the coming days informing them of the postponement and instruction for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.

When will the state required ACT test be given?
The State Department of Education has advised that they are working with ACT to reschedule the statewide spring ACT test that is given to juniors and some seniors for June 2, pending a lift of the stay-at-home order. An additional early fall administration will be available for students who can’t test in June.

Will SAT testing be rescheduled?
College Board has canceled the March 28, 2020, and May 2, 2020, SAT administration. Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds per College Board.

Will events like prom be rescheduled?
Events like prom are a memorable experience for our students. Once a return date has been determined, we will evaluate the situation and work with high schools to consider options.

Will school start back on April 13 since that is the start of Spring Break?
At this time, Spring Break has not been rescheduled. Once additional information becomes available about when schools will reopen, we will pass that on to you.

I am applying for the William Pitcher and Leonard Monteleone scholarships. Will these deadlines be extended?
Yes, these deadlines will be extended. New deadlines will be announced soon.

Meals

Updated March 25, 2020

Are you providing meals for students during this school closure?
Yes. We are working with local community business partners to provide daily and weekly pick up options for meals.

Daily Meal Pick Up Option
The daily option allows families to pick up one hot lunch and prepackaged breakfast for each child every weekday at Covington High and Slidell High from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, beginning Monday, March 30, 2020.

Menu

Daily Pick Up for “Grab and Go” Hot Lunch and Breakfast Locations:
Covington High (73030 Lion Drive, Covington 70433)
Slidell High (1 Tiger Drive, Slidell 70458)

Weekly Meal Pick Up Option
The weekly option allows families to pick up five shelf-stable lunches and breakfasts for each child once a week on Wednesdays at six high schools and two junior highs from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The weekly service begins Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Wednesday-Only Pick Up for Weekly Box of Shelf Stable Lunch and Breakfast Locations:
Fontainebleau High (100 Bulldog Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Lakeshore High (26031 Highway 1088, Mandeville 70448)
Mandeville High (1 Skipper Drive, Mandeville 70471)
Northshore High (100 Panther Drive, Slidell 70461)
Pearl River High (39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River 70452)
Salmen High (300 Spartan Drive, Slidell 70458)
Pitcher Junior High(415 S. Jefferson Avenue, Covington 70433)
Slidell Junior High (333 Pennsylvania Avenue, Slidell 70458)

Can we get both daily and weekly meals?
We respectfully ask that you choose one service or another each week so we can ensure we are getting meals to the children who rely on them.

Do I have to pay for the "Grab and Go" meals?
No. This is a free service.

Who can receive meals and does my child have to be with me?
It is open to all STPPS students and children ages 18 and under. At this time, your child does not have to be with you.

What is the menu?
We will provide the menus as soon as they are available.

Can I volunteer to help?
If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to your school PTA or your school administration by calling your school hotline number.

I don't have transportation to access the meal distribution. Will STPPS offer assistance?
If you have issues with transportation, please contact your child's principal.

Can I pick up meals for a friend or neighbor’s children?
Yes. Meals are provided for all STPPS students and children ages 18 and under. The child does not have to be present when the meal is picked up.

What if I need help with meals beyond the "Grab and Go" distribution?
If you need meal assistance beyond our "Grab and Go" distribution, the Northshore Food Bank is assisting the St. Tammany Parish community. The Food Bank is located at 125 W. 30th Ave. in Covington.

Baylor’s Meals to You Program is also offering services for students who qualify for free or reduced meals. Apply and get information here.

Remote Learning Resources

During the school closure, are you going to offer distance learning?
STPPS is offering optional remote learning resources for students while schools are closed. Resources are available for both online learning and screen-free activities. The links to online resources, activities for screen-free learning and sample daily learning schedule are available on our district website. These resources are designed to review, refresh, and reinforce previous student learning. These are not required and will not be graded. Our team is working to update this page frequently, and new screen free activities will be added each week. Please remember to refresh your browser, even on social media sites for the most updated content.

Teachers are available via email to provide additional support. Parents can also call the school’s main number and an administrator can assist them.

What if I don’t have Internet access at home?
Limited income households can apply for $5-$10 per month internet access through AT&T AccessCox Connect2Compete, and CenturyLink Lifeline. Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 students who do not already have a subscription. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.

What if my student attends college classes (dual enrollment)?
Students who are enrolled in dual enrollment college classes should follow the guidelines and instructions set by the college or university.

Southeastern Louisiana University
At this time, students should continue working through their course syllabus completing assignments online. Dual enrollment course materials must be accessed online at moodleDE.selu.edu. Students should continue to check their SLU email.  If a student chooses to withdraw from the dual enrollment course, this must be done by Friday, April 3, 2020.

University of New Orleans
Dual enrollment faculty are working with their respective university departments to continue coursework through Moodle. Dual enrollment instructors will contact students with more information. Students should continue to check email and/or Moodle accounts for further information from their instructors. The last day to drop courses is Friday, March 20. Final grades are due on May 19, 2020. University information can be found at www.uno.edu.

Nunez Community College
Dual enrollment faculty are working with their respective college departments to continue coursework through Moodle. Dual enrollment instructors will contact students with more information. Students should continue to check email and/or Moodle accounts for further information from their instructors. The last day to drop courses is April 24, 2020. College information can be found at www.nunez.edu.

Northshore Technical Community College
Northshore Technical Community College is committed to our students and seeing students through to completion of their career and technical education.  We have launched our new Open Campus webpage that provides resources to dual enrollment students during this time off-campus.  We will continue to publish more materials and courses on the Open Campus each week, and dual enrollment students should check email and Moodle accounts for more information from their instructors.  Additional resources and information can be found on our Keep Learning webpage.  The last day to withdraw from courses is Friday, April 3, and final grades are due on Monday, May 18.  Additional updates can be found at NTCC Updates.

Parents

What special education services can my child receive at school at this time?
All schools are closed to students, so special education services can’t be provided at school.

Will my child be promoted to the next grade for the 2020-2021 school year?
We are still awaiting further guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education on how this will be affected by the school closures.

I can’t log into the Student Progress Center to view my child’s report card. How can I get a pin number or assistance?
Contact the information hotline by calling your school’s main phone number.

What does this mean for my child’s grades?
You can view your child’s current grades through the Student Progress Center. We are still awaiting further guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education on how students' grades will be affected by the school closures.

How will the closure impact my child who is a senior?
The Louisiana Department of Education has advised that they will soon provide further guidance on senior graduation and course credit requirements and how the closures will impact the 2019-2020 graduation class.

Will state standardized testing such as LEAP still take place?
No. Louisiana is not requiring standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. The U.S. Department of Education approved a state waiver for assessment, accountability, and reporting requirements.

Will AP exams still be given?

The Louisiana Department of Education has advised that in-person exams are cancelled and instead a 45 minute AP exam will be taken online at home. The College Board has provided online review classes for students. Exam dates and information will be released at a later time.

How will the students make up the weeks of missed school?
The Louisiana Department of Education has advised that the required instructional time has been suspended and will not have to be made up. Once additional information becomes available, we will provide updates through the district website and district social media channels.

Are we going to have to make these days up or will school be extended a month?
The Louisiana Department of Education has advised that the required instructional time has been suspended and will not have to be made up. Once additional information becomes available, we will provide updates through the district website and district social media channels.

Can I apply for Pre K for the 2020-2021 school year?
Online applications are still being accepted. Income verification visits and registration at the schools will take place at a later time.

What will happen with Pre K and Kindergarten Registration?
Due to the school closures, we will be working to reschedule Pre K and Kindergarten registration dates. As soon as this information is available, we will release it through our district website and social media channels.

Employees

I am an STPPS employee. Do I still report to work?
All employees are on call and should follow the direction of their direct supervisor.

Will STPPS employees still be paid while the district is closed?
Yes. All STPPS employees will still be paid their regular salary for the time the district is closed. If employees have individual questions regarding their pay, please contact pete.jabbia@stpsb.org.

How do I get my employment verification from STPPS?
Please email steve.alfonso@stpsb.org for assistance.

Will teacher evaluations take place?
The State Department of Education has advised that educator evaluations for the 2019-2020 school year are waived.

Are STPPS support buildings open at this time?
STPPS support buildings are closed to the general public at this time.

Do I have to reset my STPSB password each month?
Passwords will not expire while schools are closed so your password will not need to be changed.

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