STPPS will transition to a modified plan for Phase 3. Students in grades Pre K-5 will continue to attend school in person five days a week, students in grades 6-8 will transition from a hybrid model to daily in-person learning on Wednesday, September 30, and students in grades 9-12 will remain in the hybrid model through Friday, November 6. Students enrolled in the STPPS Virtual School will continue virtual learning following their regular schedule.
"After receiving feedback from school administrators, collaborating with health officials, and evaluating the new guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education, we have determined our plan for learning models in Phase 3 could not be implemented at all grade levels due to required changes in protocols and logistics in our 55 brick-and-mortar schools. Our plan has been modified, and we will continue to evaluate the situation and make adjustments as needed, " said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia. "We want to provide the most productive learning environment for students, but health and safety remain our top priorities. "
PHASE 3 MODIFIED PLAN
Grades Pre K-5
Students in grades Pre K-5 will continue attending school in person five days a week following their regular schedule.
Students in grades 6-8 will transition from the hybrid learning model to daily in-person learning. On Wednesday, September 30, students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will return to school in person five days a week.
Students in grades 9-12 will remain in the hybrid model through the end of the first nine weeks. Beginning Monday, October 5, the modified block schedule will be replaced with a regular schedule where students see all of their teachers on days they attend school in person. Our projected date for grades 9-12 to return to school in person five days a week is Monday, November 9, and at that time, we will evaluate whether a regular schedule or a modified block schedule will be used. These decisions are contingent on guidance at that time from health officials and the LDOE.
"The transition to daily in-person learning at all grade levels for all students has to be measured and done only when we feel it is safe to do so, " said Jabbia. "I know this situation is challenging for everyone involved. Distance learning is not ideal for all families, but neither is having all students in school in person. We make decisions to help meet the needs of our 39,000 students and their families, 6,000 employees, and our community that these decisions greatly impact. We appreciate the patience of our STPPS family as we continue to adjust plans and procedures in the best interest of our entire School System. "
In Phase 3, safety protocols will continue, including frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces, washing and sanitizing hands, temperature checks and screening, social distancing to the greatest extent possible, and face coverings. Buses are able to transport students at 75% capacity, and classrooms and school facilities are able to accommodate more individuals with social distancing measures in place.
The 2020-2021 School Year Planning Guide was posted online to provide an overview of the instructional models and procedures that would be in place for the beginning of school, and it is not all-encompassing. From the beginning of the COVID-19 situation, we have said our plans will change as new guidance is received and the situation evolves. The 2020-2021 School Year Planning Guide is an online document that will continue to be updated as protocols and plans are adjusted as needed.
For the most current information, please visit our School System website at www.stpsb.org.