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STPPS Delays Start of 2020-2021 School Year
The St. Tammany Parish Public School System is pushing back the start date for the 2020-2021 school year to after Labor Day, following a School Board recommendation to delay school reopening.

"The School Board directed us last week to coordinate with the St. Tammany Federation of Teachers and School Employees to adjust the calendar to delay the start of school to after Labor Day," said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia. "The determination if we start school with in-person, hybrid or distance learning will be determined by the phase the state is in when school starts in September."

Students will now begin their school year September 8-11 in a staggered approach with "Safe Start Days" where one-fourth of students will report to school each day based on the first letter of their last name. On September 14, students will begin their regular school schedule, whether it is distance learning, hybrid, or in-person at that time. The STPPS Virtual School will follow the revised calendar. The calendar and plans based on state phases are available on the School System website at

Teachers will return to school in person August 20-September 3 for professional development and September 4 is Teachers Day.

To make up for missed instructional time, changes have been made to the calendar. Students and employees will now report to work on previously scheduled days off October 2, November 23-24, December 21-22, February 15-19, and April 7-9. Students will also now attend for a full day on October 9 and March 12.

STPPS had previously planned for "Safe Start Days" to take place August 11-14 before the first full day of school for all students on August 17.

STPPS is prepared to focus on instruction while at the same time addressing the physical, mental, and social well-being of our students and needs of our community. Health and safety protocols will be in place to keep students, families, and employees safe and healthy. Read more about our 2020-2021 School Year Planning Guide: Moving Forward Together.

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