We are committed to our St. Tammany Parish Public School System students. While they may not be in our classrooms and schools for the remainder of this school year, we have a continuous learning plan in place to prepare them for the future. We know all students have different needs during this time, and we will be providing options for Every Child, Every Day for a Successful Tomorrow.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the plans for the 2020-2021 school year?
The safety of our students and employees is our top priority. As we plan for the 2020-2021 school year, our school-based plans will be fluid and routinely adjusted. We are planning for various scenarios as we await guidance from health officials, the LDOE and the Resilient Louisiana Education Workforce Taskforce.
As the COVID-19 situation evolves and as additional guidance is issued during the summer, we will update the plan online.
When will students select electives and schedule classes for the next school year?
Schools will be in contact with parents and students to provide information about how scheduling and course selection will work at their school. If you do not receive this information by May 1, 2020, please email a school administrator.
When will registration for grades Pre K-12 be held?
Online registration is now available for new students in grades Pre K-12. In-person registration scheduled for July 28-29 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at each school will still be held for those who are not able to apply online or need additional assistance. For more information, visit the registration webpage.
Will my student be promoted to the next grade level?
If a student demonstrates they have successfully learned the required content and met learning goals in all required subjects, they will be promoted to the next grade level.
The decision to promote a student will be based on final grades, benchmark results, student growth, mastery of goals, and attendance records as evidence of student learning throughout the school year. Final grades will be calculated using grades from the previous three grading periods. The highest end-of-quarter grade a student has received in each course will serve as the 4th quarter grade. Students will not receive grades for work and assignments completed remotely during the fourth quarter, but teachers will provide descriptive feedback so students will know when they have successfully learned the content. The school may be in contact with the parent to discuss final decisions regarding promotion.
Will my junior high or high school student receive Carnegie credit?
Yes. Students can earn course credit for courses for which they have demonstrated proficiency. Schools may determine if students have demonstrated proficiency in the grade-level content or courses to award credit by calculating a final grade for each course. The highest end-of-quarter grade a student has received in each course will serve as the 4th quarter grade.
How does the waiver of attendance requirements impact students?
The state has waived mandatory instructional minutes and compulsory attendance requirements in order for students who have shown proficiency to move to the next grade level without the necessary seat time.
How will the School System support my child at the beginning of the next school year?
We know that students learn at different levels at school and they may have new challenges when it comes to learning at home. When the 2020-2021 school year begins, like each new school year, we will assess students to determine where they are and create instructional plans to address their needs. We may utilize intensive instruction for some students to help accelerate their learning to get them to the appropriate instructional level.
What if a student is enrolled in a dual enrollment course with a college or university?
Students who are enrolled in dual enrollment college classes should follow the guidelines and instructions set by the college or university. The Louisiana Board of Education has advised that the Board of Regents is bringing a policy recommendation forward in April 2020 that will allow a student to continue the course via distance learning options through the higher education institution and earn credit when the course ends, choose to opt for an “In Progress” designation and have until August 31, 2020, to complete the course and earn credit, or opt for an “Administrative Withdrawal” and exit the course with no credit and nothing posted to the official college transcript. If a student chooses a Pass/Fail option for a dual enrollment class, it will be used for the university transcript, and may impact a student’s future college GPA and scholarship eligibility (this option does not apply to students enrolled in Northshore Technical Community College or Nunez Community College courses). The Pass/Fail option is not available for the school-based course grade. If a student chooses an “In Progress” designation and the student does not complete the course, this may result in a failing grade and negatively impact TOPS scholarship eligibility and college GPA. An “Administrative Withdrawal” request must be submitted by the date determined by the post-secondary institution. These options should be coordinated and determined through each student’s Individual Graduation Plan.
Will my high school student be eligible to take Dual Enrollment classes next year even though they did not take the LEAP 2025 or pre-ACT/ACT?
Counselors may make recommendations for students to take Dual Enrollment classes in the 2020-2021 school year using overall student performance and grade trends in the subject in lieu of using a student’s LEAP 2025 or pre-ACT/ACT scores.
What if a student is currently pursuing an Industry Based Certification but did not complete requirements as of March 13?
Upon the lifting of the Governor’s current stay at home order, we will notify students and parents of the option of opportunities to complete industry based certifications this summer. Students whom would have taken an IBC related to their Jump Start pathway will have the opportunity to continue engaging with content and take an on-time exam or have an opportunity to take an exam at a later date as part of continuous learning in their Jump Start pathway summer or in the subsequent school year(s).
Will Algebra I credit be awarded without the LEAP 2025 assessment?
Yes, the LEAP 2025 initial testing waivers will allow Algebra I students on a Jump Start Career diploma pathway that do not take Geometry to meet mathematics testing requirements for graduation as long as they are never enrolled in Geometry.
What if a junior has not had the opportunity to take the ACT yet?
ACT announced additional flexibility for summer testing and test-at-home options that will become available in the fall and winter. Additional information about test-at-home options with remote proctoring will be shared by ACT as soon as it becomes available. ACT has announced National Test Date Flexibility with no rescheduling fees allowing students previously scheduled for the June 13, 2020 or July 18, 2020 ACT tests to reschedule without fees for the new June 20, 2020 or July 25, 2020 ACT administration.
The paper-based state administration of ACT, previously scheduled on March 17, 2020, has been rescheduled to October, 2020 for students who were juniors in 2019-2020 and were unable to test.
Will SAT testing be rescheduled?
College Board has canceled the March 28, 2020, May 2, 2020, and June 6, 2020 SAT administration. College Board has announced if it’s safe from a public health standpoint, it will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, 2020, October 3, 2020, November 7, 2020, and December 5, 2020. Students can register for these admissions starting in May and the College Board will contact students directly when an exact date is established. 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.
Are high school athletics and activities taking place during the summer?
STPPS is working to protect students participating in all senior high athletics, marching band, dance, cheerleading, and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) or any other extracurricular programs on our campus from COVID related illnesses. Our high school athletic programs will begin workouts in preparation for the 2020-21 school year on June 8, 2020 with the LHSAA Summer Rules in effect at that time for all sports. View the STPPS COVID-19 Athletics Guidelines for Parents/Guardians and Students and visit the LHSAA website for more information.
Are junior high school athletics and activities taking place during the summer?
Beginning June 8, athletics and activities may resume on junior high campuses following the same protocols and guidelines that are in place for high school athletics and activities as recommended by the LHSAA. View the STPPS COVID-19 Athletics Guidelines for Parents/Guardians and Students and visit the LHSAA website for more information.
Can I receive a refund on my lunch balance?
Yes. However, please know that your child’s meal balance will automatically roll over to next year if you do not request a refund. If you would like a refund for this school year, please fill out this form and return following directions on the form for a full refund of your student’s meal account.
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 Access, Cox 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.
My child needs a work permit. Who should I contact?
For work permits on the west side of the parish, please contact Terri Wortmann at email@example.com. For work permits on the east side of the parish, please contact Jeanne Bower at Jeanne.Bower@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.
My family's living situation has changed. Do I need to let someone at my child’s school know?
Yes. Please contact your school administrator. Your family may qualify for the KIT Program. Get more info about the KIT Program and support offered for families in transition through the McKinney Vinto Homeless Assistance Act at www.stpsb.org/KIT.
If I have questions, who can I ask?
If you have questions about a specific class, please email your teacher. If you have questions about your Individual Graduation Plan, please email your school guidance counselor. For other information, please email a school administrator.
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