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Hurricane Katrina passed over St. Tammany Parish the morning of August 29, 2005. School had been opened for about three weeks for the 2005-2006 School Year. Communications were knocked out, and employees, students, and families were scattered far and wide as the population of the entire southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast scrambled for safety from the high winds and storm surge. It was several days before people could begin returning to the area. School administrators regrouped in Baton Rouge and began making plans to re-open schools as soon as possible.

 

Monday, September 5, 2005

Superintendent's Letter - Monday, September 5, 2005

Dear School System Students, Parents, and Employees:

As our community undertakes recovery from the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina, we want to express our concern for all who have experienced adversity and convey our confidence that we as a community will come through this disaster strong and resolute. Already we are hard at work returning our School System to normalcy. Our progress in having our Web site operational again is allowing us a means to keep you informed, whether you are in the parish or evacuated areas.

We have assessed our schools and support facilities and found very few schools have significant damage. Work is under way preparing schools to reopen. As soon as electricity and other essentials can be restored to schools, we hope to resume classes.

October 1, 2005 is the earliest projected date for students to return to school. Final decisions about reopening schools will be communicated through this Web site and local media. Our School System administration has established a temporary operating center at the Louisiana Department of Education in Baton Rouge. The contact telephone number is 225-342-5468. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning on September 6, 2005. Specific questions about our School System may be directed to that number. The Louisiana Department of Education has a hotline to answer general questions about schools and education at 877-453-2721.

While we are readying our schools to reopen and essential services are being restored in our parish, we know a substantial number of you will be living outside St Tammany. Until our students return, we recommend that parents enroll students in schools where they are temporarily residing, if possible. In addition, we hope parents will encourage and help students study in current locations.

We know, too, that employees are concerned about whether they will still have jobs in our School System. While I do not have definite answers to offer, the reopening of schools in a timely manner will help to ensure that the largest number of employees can be returned to their positions without loss of income. For those of you who do not have housing to return to in St. Tammany, you may want to consider stabilizing your situation where you are and finding employment. Each person will need to evaluate their circumstances and make decisions. The Louisiana Department of Education as well as State and Federal officials have pledged their support to help ensure that schools and employees are provided with essential assistance.

The magnitude of this disaster is offering new challenges to all of us. Our School System has responded to parish and municipal governments, emergency services personnel, and relief agencies to help secure the safety and well being of our citizenry. In turn, those agencies are offering help to our School System as we prepare to reopen.

We look forward to seeing all of you again as soon as we are able to start the school year anew. Our community is blessed in innumerable ways, not the least of which are the strong support for and love of community that we share. Despite the challenges we face now, without question, we will continue to thrive as a community and school system. For now, we hope you and your family will be safe, and we wish the best possible for all in our parish, state, and other impacted areas of the country.

Sincerely,
Gayle Sloan
Superintendent

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Superintendent's Letter - Tuesday, September 6, 2005 (Revised)

Dear School System Students, Parents, and Employees,

As our community undertakes recovery from the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina, we want to express our concern for all who have experienced adversity and convey our confidence that we as a community will come through this disaster strong and resolute. Already we are hard at work returning our School System to normalcy. Our progress in having our Web site operational again is allowing us a means to keep you informed, whether you are in the parish or evacuated areas.

We have assessed our schools and support facilities and found very few schools with significant damage. Work is under way preparing schools to reopen. As soon as electricity and other essentials can be restored to schools, we hope to resume classes.

October 3, 2005, is the goal we have set for students to return to school. Final decisions about reopening schools will be communicated through this Web site and local media. Our School System administration has established a temporary operating center at the Louisiana Department of Education in Baton Rouge. The contact telephone number is 877-453-2721. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning on September 6, 2005. Specific questions about our School System may be directed to that number.

While we are readying our schools to reopen and essential services are being restored in the parish, we know a substantial number of you will be living outside St. Tammany. Until our students return, we recommend that parents enroll students in schools where they are temporarily residing, if possible. In addition, we hope parents will encourage and help students study in current locations.

We know that employees may have some concerns about their employment following this emergency situation. Meeting our goal of reopening schools on October 3, 2005, will help ensure that employees are able to return to work in time to make up missed days and receive full compensation throughout the year. We recognize that some employees unfortunately may find they have no available housing to allow them to return by the time school reopens, and we will understand that they may have to make arrangements for employment in another locale. We will pass along temporary housing information through the Web site as it becomes available. Each person will need to evaluate his or her circumstances. The Louisiana Department of Education as well as State and Federal officials have pledged their support to help ensure that schools and employees are provided with essential assistance.

The magnitude of this disaster is offering new challenges to all of us. Our School System has responded to parish and municipal governments, emergency services personnel, and relief agencies to help secure the safety and well being of our citizenry. In turn, those agencies are offering help to our School System as we prepare to reopen.

We look forward to seeing all of you again as soon as we are able to start the school year anew. Our community is blessed in innumerable ways, not the least of which are the strong support for and love of community that we share. Despite the challenges we face now, without question, we will continue to thrive as a community and school system. For now, we hope you and your family will be safe, and we wish the best possible for all in our parish, state, and other impacted areas of the country.

Sincerely,
Gayle Sloan
Superintendent

 

Thursday, September 8, 2005

Superintendent Update - Thursday, September 8, 2005

School System officials and personnel are working closely with parish and municipal government officials, service organizations, and volunteers throughout St. Tammany Parish to restore our community and School System following the damage left by Hurricane Katrina. We are all sharing information and resources and pulling together to help ensure the earliest possible recovery. Our schools have provided shelters and other essential facilities, food, and volunteers to help care for those in need and for the large number of workers who are assisting in recovery efforts.

In kind, at all levels, others have pledged to help us as we work diligently to meet our goal of opening schools on October 3. We are making good progress in our efforts and every day we see tangible results. Clearly, the remarkable cooperation within our parish is making a tremendously difficult situation more manageable.

We are posting new information as we can. Please continue to use this Web site as a source of updated, factual information. Our Central Office is operating with minimal staff currently, but we are able to take telephone calls Monday - Friday, from 9:00 a. m. to 3:00 p. m. to give basic information. See the Contact Notice on the site for telephone numbers.

All in our School System wish you well and hope you will have a safe return back into St. Tammany. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Friday, September 9, 2005

Superintendent's Letter

September 9, 2005

Dear Students, Parents, and Employees:

The “can do” attitude of community officials, educators, and citizens of St. Tammany Parish never has been more evident to me than now, as we are recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We are seeing daily signs of progress in restoring our community and essential services because of the hard work and determination of thousands of individuals and groups. Along with other citizens, our School System employees are making their way back, dealing with varying degrees of damage at their homes and schools, and rolling up their sleeves to get the students of St. Tammany back in the classroom.

We are well on our way to meeting our goal of reopening schools October 3, and we hope that all our students are looking forward to returning to school then as much as we are. We have met with our school principals, custodians, and maintenance personnel to coordinate our efforts to make repairs, clean debris, and otherwise prepare schools to reopen. Our plans are to confer daily with every school administrator one-on-one to help address specific school needs and to meet as a group twice weekly to discuss common questions.

Both within and outside our parish, offers of help are streaming into our System. Our clean up efforts have been aided terrifically by the services of 130 National Guard troops and 200 Marines. Parish and municipal officials, service organizations, and utilities continue to work closely with us, as we are working also to help them.

Daily, we are receiving contact from organizations, schools, individuals, and former students making heartfelt offers of assistance to our schools and employees. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for their wonderful expressions of concern. The positive attitude of our System employees, our parents, and community leaders combined with the genuine concern of new friends across the country reinforces our resolve and strengthens our efforts.

Please continue to monitor our progress and contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing our students again very soon.

Sincerely,
Gayle Sloan
Superintendent

Friday, September 9, 2005

School Hurricane Recovery
Telephone Contact Information

 

For information in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, you may call the School Board Central Office, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For employee information, phone 985-898-3223 or 985-898-3264. For other information, you may call 985-892-2276.

Paychecks

Thursday, September 15, 2005

St. Tammany Parish School Board employees without direct deposit can pick up their 9/15/05 paychecks on Thursday, September 15, 2005, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the School Board Office at 212 W. 17th Street in Covington. Please bring a picture ID for identification. All direct deposits will be processed as usual.

Saturday, September 3, 2005

St. Tammany Parish School Board employees without direct deposit can pick up their 8/31/05 paychecks on Tuesday September 6th from 9am - 2pm at Copeland's Restaurant in Covington. All direct deposits were processed on 09/01/05. Please bring a picture ID for identification.

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

High School Athletics To Resume

High school athletics at high schools will resume September 19, when school athletes may begin practices. Students participating in the fall sports seasons should contact their high school principal for details about practices and scheduled events. Students who are unable to return by September 19 as a result of Hurricane Katrina may rejoin the sports program when schools reopen on October 3.

Because of heavy damage to facilities at Salmen High School, athletes at that school will share athletic facilities at Northshore High School. Salmen High athletes should contact Northshore High School for information.

Although some adjustments may be required, school officials anticipate following previous schedules of sports events when possible. Schedules will be released when available on the School System and school Web sites at www.stpsb.org and through local media.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Dates for Employees' Return to Work

September 19

All clerical staff, curriculum specialists, coordinators employed more than 181 days, Pupil Appraisal staff employed more than 181 days, college counselors, resource helping teachers and junior high and high school guidance counselors are to report to their job sites on Monday, September 19.

September 26

Teachers and all other regular employees (including paraprofessionals, food service employees, bus drivers, aides) are to report to work on Monday, September 26.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Dates for Employees' Return to Work
September 13, 2005
Contact: Linda Roan, Director of Public Information/Communications
               985-898-3244
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO NEWS MEDIA

St. Tammany Public Schools Employees Return Dates Are Released

     St. Tammany Parish Public School System officials have released dates for School System employees to return to work in anticipation of reopening schools October 3. September 19 is the day all clerical staff, curriculum specialists, coordinators employed more than 181 days, Pupil Appraisal staff employed more than 181 days, college counselors, resource helping teachers and junior high and high school guidance counselors are to report to their job sites. Teachers and all other regular employees (including paraprofessionals, food service employees, bus drivers, aides) are to report to work on Monday, September 26, 2005.

     For additional information about returning to work, School System employees should contact their school principals or immediate supervisors. Otherwise, the Human Resources Office can be reached at 985-898-3223 or 985-898-6422 for information. Employees should contact their principals and supervisors about their whereabouts, if they have not already been in contact.

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High School Athletics To Resume


September 13, 2005
Contact: Linda Roan, Director of Public Information/Communications
               985-898-3244
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO NEWS MEDIA

St. Tammany Public School Officials Announce High School Athletics To Resume Soon

     St. Tammany Public School officials met today and announced the resumption of high school athletics at high schools beginning September 19, when school athletes may begin practices. Students participating in the fall sports seasons should contact their high school principal for details about practices and scheduled events. Students who are unable to return by September 19 as a result of Hurricane Katrina may rejoin the sports program when schools reopen on October 3, according to Schools Superintendent Gayle Sloan.

     Because of heavy damage to facilities at Salmen High School, athletes at that school will share athletic facilities at Northshore High School. Salmen High athletes should contact Northshore High School for information.

     Although some adjustments may be required, school officials anticipate following previous schedules of sports events when possible. Schedules will be released when available on the School System and school Web sites at www.stpsb.org and through local media.

     “Many in our community have expressed an eagerness to get our school athletic programs up and running, and we agree that these events traditionally bring our community together and give our students, parents, school personnel, and others in the community a positive focus and rallying point,” said Superintendent Sloan. “We look forward to having our students back.”

The goal for reopening St. Tammany public schools is October 3.

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Hurricane Relief Fund Established for
St. Tammany Public Schools

In response to the many kind offers of monetary donations to help our schools hurricane recovery efforts, a special fund has been established through Hibernia Bank for these monetary donations.

Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so at any Hibernia Bank branch or may mail a check to Hibernia National Bank; 218 East Boston Street; Covington, Louisiana; 70433 or the St. Tammany Parish Public School System at P. O. Box 940; 212 West 17 th Street; Covington, Louisiana; 70433. Donors who want to designate donations for specific schools will need to send their checks to the St. Tammany Parish Public School System address along with a note indicating the schools to which they wish to donate. Contributions made directly to Hibernia Bank will go into a single account, from which donations will be disbursed to schools throughout the School System as needed. Checks should be written to St. Tammany Parish School Board Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

All offers of encouragement, concern, and assistance have been greatly appreciated.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Students Asked To Contact Their School Principals

September 16, 2005

Students enrolled in St. Tammany Parish Public Schools before Hurricane Katrina who will not be able to return to school on October 3 are asked to call or email the principals of their schools to inform administrators that they will not return or that they will return at a later date.

 

Student Registration Information -
Registration Begins September 20

September 16, 2005

Registration Details

Students Enrolled Before Hurricane Katrina Returning to Same School
St. Tammany Parish public school students who can return to their homes and return to their previous schools will not have to register. These students will be asked to call or email their school principals to let them know they will return to school.

Students will need to bring to school on opening day any records, grades, portfolios, or other materials documenting any time they have spent in other schools or home schooling during lost school time.

Students Enrolled Before Hurricane Katrina Returning to Different School
St. Tammany Parish public school students who cannot return to their homes and are living in attendance areas of St. Tammany other than those of their previous schools may return to their previous schools, provided they have their own transportation to and from school. Bus transportation cannot be provided outside the school attendance boundary area. Students who need school bus transportation will attend the schools in the attendance areas in which they now reside. St. Tammany students who need to transfer to other schools because of changes in residence should go to the schools they will attend now to register.

Students New To St. Tammany Parish Public Schools
Students now living in St. Tammany Parish who have been displaced from private and parochial schools or other public school districts wishing to attend St. Tammany public schools will need to register as new students at the schools in the attendance boundary areas in which they now reside.

Address Verification and School Records
At registration, students will be asked to present any information they have verifying their current addresses; however, students will be allowed to register if they do not have address verification. Principals will accept any records, grades, portfolios, or other materials documenting any time students have spent in other schools or home schooling during lost school time.

Registration Dates and Time
Registration for students entering St. Tammany public schools for the first time this year and St. Tammany students returning to different schools will begin registering Tuesday, September 20, 2005, from 9:00 a. m. until noon, Monday through Friday until schools re-open October 3. No registration of new students will be accepted on October 3 so that school officials may assist in the re-opening of schools. Registration will continue October 4 and thereafter at all schools.

Registration Locations
Students will register at the schools they will attend, with the exception of six schools that sustained substantial damage and may not be prepared for school by the beginning registration date. Abney Elementary School registration will be held at Bonne Ecole Elementary School; Brock Elementary School at Florida Avenue Elementary School; Cypress Cove Elementary School at Honey Island Elementary School; Salmen High School at Northshore High School; St. Tammany Junior High School at Slidell Junior High School; and Slidell Pathways at Covington Pathways.

Determining Schools by Attendance Boundary Areas
Students who do not know which schools serve the areas in which they now live should contact Freda Mouton, Covington Annex, at 985-898-3370 for information about school attendance areas if they now live in western St. Tammany Parish or Mike Soniat, Slidell Annex, at 985-646-4941 if they live in eastern St. Tammany Parish. Students may go to the Annexes for information if they prefer or if telephones are inoperable, between the hours of 8:30 a. m. and 4:30 p. m., Monday through Friday. The Covington Annex is located at 406 East Boston Street in Covington, Louisiana, and the Slidell Annex is located at 980 Ninth Street in Slidell, Louisiana.

Student Registration Information -
Registration Begins September 20

September 19, 2005 (Revised)

Registration Details

St. Tammany public school officials will begin registering students to attend schools in the System September 20, in anticipation of re-opening schools October 3. Registration will proceed according to the following process.

Students Enrolled Before Hurricane Katrina Returning to Same School
St. Tammany Parish public school students who can return to their homes or accommodations in their previous school boundary attendance areas and will return to their previous schools will not have to register. These students will be asked to call or email their school principals to let them know they will return to school.

Students will need to bring to school on opening day any records, grades, portfolios, or other materials documenting any time they have spent in other schools or home schooling during lost school time.

Students Enrolled Before Hurricane Katrina Returning to Different School
St. Tammany Parish public school students who cannot return to their homes and are living in attendance areas of St. Tammany other than those of their previous schools may return to their previous schools, provided they have their own transportation to and from school. Bus transportation cannot be provided outside the school attendance boundary area. Students who need school bus transportation will attend the schools in the attendance areas in which they now reside. St. Tammany students who need to transfer to other schools because of changes in residence should go to the schools they will attend now to register.

Students New To St. Tammany Parish Public Schools
Students now living in St. Tammany Parish who have been displaced from private and parochial schools or other public school districts wishing to attend St. Tammany public schools will need to register as new students at the schools in the attendance boundary areas in which they now reside.

Address Verification and School Records
At registration, students will be asked to present any information they have verifying their current addresses; however, students will be allowed to register if they do not have address verification. Principals will accept records, grades, portfolios, or other materials documenting any time students have spent in other schools or home schooling during lost school time.

Registration Dates and Time
Registration for students entering St. Tammany public schools for the first time this year and St. Tammany students returning to different schools will begin registering Tuesday, September 20, 2005, from 9:00 a. m. until noon, Monday through Friday until schools re-open October 3. No registration of new students will be accepted on October 3 so that school officials may assist in the re-opening of schools. Registration will continue October 4 and thereafter at all schools.

Registration Locations
Students will register at the schools they will attend, with the exception of six schools that sustained substantial damage and may not be prepared for school by the beginning registration date. Abney Elementary School registration will be held at Bonne Ecole Elementary School; Brock Elementary School at Florida Avenue Elementary School; Cypress Cove Elementary School at Honey Island Elementary School; Salmen High School at Northshore High School; St. Tammany Junior High School at Slidell Junior High School; and Slidell Pathways at Covington Pathways.

Determining Schools by Attendance Boundary Areas
Students who do not know which schools serve the areas in which they now live should contact Freda Mouton, Covington Annex, at 985-898-3370 for information about school attendance areas if they now live in western St. Tammany Parish or Mike Soniat, Slidell Annex, at 985-646-4941 if they live in eastern St. Tammany Parish. Students may go to the Annexes for information if they prefer or if telephones are inoperable, between the hours of 8:30 a. m. and 4:30 p. m., Monday through Friday. The Covington Annex is located at 406 East Boston Street in Covington, Louisiana, and the Slidell Annex is located at 980 Ninth Street in Slidell, Louisiana.

For additional information, call 985-892-2276.

 

Monday, September 19, 2005

Students Asked To Contact Their School Principals

September 19, 2005 (Revised)

Students enrolled in St. Tammany Parish Public Schools before Hurricane Katrina who will not be able to return to school on October 3 are asked to call or email the principals of their schools to inform administrators that they will not return or that they will return at a later date. A directory of schools may be found on the System Web site.

To contact your school principal by email, choose your school name from the directory. Follow the directions for reporting student contact information on the school's homepage.

Students who return to their same school attendance area will report to the school they attended before Hurricane Katrina, and they will not need to contact school officials. These students will report to their schools when schools re-open and will not be required to re-register for school.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Salmen High School Administration Currently Located at Northshore High School

September 20, 2005

Because of extensive damage to Salmen High School, the school administration is currently operating at Northshore High School. To contact the Salmen High School administration, call 985-649-5987 or 985-960-1115.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Administrations At Six Schools Temporarily
Locate At Partner Schools

September 21, 2005

Because of substantial damage at six schools, temporary quarters for their administrations have been set up at partner schools within the System. To register students or contact these administrations, consult the following list. Telephone service is inoperable at times. For those having internet capability, contact links are available on every school Web site. A directory of schools may be found on the System Web site.

  • Abney Elementary School administrators can be reached at Bonne Ecole Elementary School. Abney Elementary Principal Jane Freeman can be contacted at Bonne Ecole Elementary at 985-643-0674 or at 985-649-1350.
  • Brock Elementary School administrators can be reached at Florida Avenue Elementary School. Brock Elementary Principal Rose Smith can be contacted at Florida Avenue Elementary at 985-643-1605 or at 985-707-4974.
  • Cypress Cove Elementary School administrators can be reached at Honey Island Elementary School. Cypress Cove Elementary Principal Lisa Dial can be reached at Honey Island Elementary at 985-641-3557 or at 985-290-1585 or 985-643-7714.
  • Salmen High School administrators can be reached at Northshore High School. Salmen High Principal Byron Williams can be reached at Northshore High School at 985-649-5987 or 985-960-1115.
  • Slidell Pathways administration can be reached at Bonne Ecole Elementary School at 985-643-0674 or 985-285-2037.
  • St. Tammany Junior High School administrators can be reached at Slidell Junior High School at 985-641-5914 or at 985-960-2945.

 

School Hurricane Recovery
Telephone Contact Information

Revised September 21, 2005

For information in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, you may call the School Board Central Office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For employee information, phone 985-898-3223, 985-898-6422 or 985-898-3264. For other information, you may call
985-892-2276.

 

Student Registration Information -
Registration Begins September 20

Revised September 21, 2005
September 19, 2005

Registration Details

St. Tammany public school officials will begin registering students to attend schools in the System September 20, in anticipation of re-opening schools October 3. Registration will proceed according to the following process.

Students Enrolled Before Hurricane Katrina Returning to Same School
St. Tammany Parish public school students who can return to their homes or accommodations in their previous school boundary attendance areas and will return to their previous schools will not have to register. These students are asked to call or email their school principals to let them know they will return to school.

Students will need to bring to school on opening day any records, grades, portfolios, or other materials documenting any time they have spent in other schools or home schooling during lost school time.

Students Enrolled Before Hurricane Katrina Returning to Different School
St. Tammany Parish public school students who cannot return to their homes and are living in attendance areas of St. Tammany other than those of their previous schools may return to their previous schools, provided they have their own transportation to and from school. Bus transportation cannot be provided outside the school attendance boundary area. Students who need school bus transportation will attend the schools in the attendance areas in which they now reside. St. Tammany students who need to transfer to other schools because of changes in residence should go to the schools they will attend now to register. Students are asked to call or email the school principals of the schools they attended before Hurricane Katrina to let them know whether or not they will return to those schools.

Students New To St. Tammany Parish Public Schools
Students now living in St. Tammany Parish who have been displaced from private and parochial schools or other public school districts wishing to attend St. Tammany public schools will need to register as new students at the schools in the attendance boundary areas in which they now reside.

Address Verification and School Records
At registration, students will be asked to present any information they have verifying their current addresses; however, students will be allowed to register if they do not have address verification. Principals will accept records, grades, portfolios, or other materials documenting any time students have spent in other schools or home schooling during lost school time.

Registration Dates and Time
Registration for students entering St. Tammany public schools for the first time this year and St. Tammany students returning to different schools will begin registering Tuesday, September 20, 2005, from 9:00 a. m. until noon, Monday through Friday until schools re-open October 3. No registration of new students will be accepted on October 3 so that school officials may assist in the re-opening of schools. Registration will continue October 4 and thereafter at all schools.

Registration Locations
Students will register at the schools they will attend, with the exception of six schools that sustained substantial damage and may not be prepared for school by the beginning registration date. Abney Elementary School registration will be held at Bonne Ecole Elementary School; Brock Elementary School at Florida Avenue Elementary School; Cypress Cove Elementary School at Honey Island Elementary School; Salmen High School at Northshore High School; St. Tammany Junior High School at Slidell Junior High School; and Slidell Pathways at Covington Pathways.

Determining Schools by Attendance Boundary Areas
Students who do not know which schools serve the areas in which they now live should contact Freda Mouton, Covington Annex, at 985-898-3370 for information about school attendance areas if they now live in western St. Tammany Parish or Mike Soniat, Slidell Annex, at 985-646-4941 if they live in eastern St. Tammany Parish. Students may go to the Annexes for information if they prefer or if telephones are inoperable, between the hours of 8:30 a. m. and 4:30 p. m., Monday through Friday. The Covington Annex is located at 406 East Boston Street in Covington, Louisiana, and the Slidell Annex is located at 980 Ninth Street in Slidell, Louisiana.

For additional information, call 985-892-2276.

 

Students Asked To Contact Their School Principals

Revised September 21, 2005
September 19, 2005

Students enrolled in St. Tammany Parish Public Schools before Hurricane Katrina are asked to call or email the principals of their schools to inform administrators whether or not they will return to school on October 3 or at a later date. A directory of schools may be found on the System Web site.

To contact your school principal by email, choose your school name from the directory. Follow the directions for reporting student contact information on the school's homepage.

 

Thursday, September 22, 2005

St. Tammany Public School High School
Football Games Scheduled for Friday Cancelled

St. Tammany Parish Public School high school football games scheduled for Friday, September 23, are cancelled because of inclement weather conditions from Hurricane Rita. The Pearl River High School football game scheduled for Thursday, September 22, will be played.

 

Monday, September 26, 2005

Schools Recovery Update

September 26, 2005

Thanks to the tremendous efforts of School System personnel, assistance of parish and municipal officials, utilities, emergency personnel, and the military, our School System has come a long way toward recovery from Hurricane Katrina. We have had 130 National Guard troops, 200 Marines, and 50 Navy Seabees in the trenches with our Maintenance Department removing debris from schools, and their work has been a vital part of preparing schools to re-open. Currently, we believe that most of our schools will be ready to re-open October 3.

We are continuing to evaluate our potential to re-open six schools most heavily impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The decision has been made to relocate Salmen High School students and staff to Northshore High School until the significant repairs needed at Salmen High can be completed. Salmen High and Northshore High Schools will platoon during this time. Northshore High students will attend classes at the school from 7:00 a. m. until 12:37 p.m. Salmen High students will attend classes there from 1:15 p. m. until 6:55 p. m.

We anticipate the need to platoon St. Tammany Junior High, Slidell Pathways, and Slidell Junior High Schools students for a shorter period of time while repairs are completed at St. Tammany Junior High and Slidell Pathways Schools. Slidell Junior High School students will attend classes in the morning and St. Tammany Junior High and Slidell Pathways Schools students will attend in the afternoon. Exact times will be finalized soon.

Brock Elementary School students will share space temporarily at Florida Avenue Elementary School when schools re-open. Students at both schools are expected to be able to attend school at the same time period each day.

We are guardedly optimistic that students will be able to return to Abney Elementary and Cypress Cove Elementary Schools on October 3. Alternate plans are being developed in case repairs are not completed in time.


St. Tammany Parish Public School System
Calendar Is Revised

September 26, 2005

In order to make up school days lost as a result of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005-2006 School Calendar has been revised .

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

High School Football Games Revised Schedule

September 28, 2005

For information on the revised schedule of high school football games, click here.


Schools Recovery Update

Revised September 28, 2005
September 26, 2005

Thanks to the tremendous efforts of School System personnel, assistance of parish and municipal officials, utilities, emergency personnel, and the military, our School System has come a long way toward recovery from Hurricane Katrina. We have had 130 National Guard troops, 200 Marines, and 50 Navy Seabees in the trenches with our Maintenance Department removing debris from schools, and their work has been a vital part of preparing schools to re-open. Currently, we believe that most of our schools will be ready to re-open October 3.

We are continuing to evaluate our potential to re-open six schools most heavily impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The decision has been made to relocate Salmen High School students and staff to Northshore High School until the significant repairs needed at Salmen High can be completed. Salmen High and Northshore High Schools will platoon during this time. Northshore High students will attend classes at the school from 7:00 a. m. until 12:37 p.m. Salmen High students will attend classes there from 1:15 p. m. until 6:55 p. m.

We will platoon St. Tammany Junior High, Slidell Pathways, and Slidell Junior High Schools students for a shorter period of time while repairs are completed at St. Tammany Junior High and Slidell Pathways Schools. Slidell Junior High School students will attend classes from 7:00 a.m. until 12:37 p.m.  St. Tammany Junior High School students will attend classes there from 1:30 p.m. until 6:56 p.m. and Slidell Pathways students will attend classes at Slidell Junior High from 1:30 p.m. until 6:25 p.m.

Brock Elementary School students will share space temporarily at Florida Avenue Elementary School when schools re-open. Students at both schools are expected to be able to attend school at the same time period each day.

We are guardedly optimistic that students will be able to return to Abney Elementary and Cypress Cove Elementary Schools on October 3. Alternate plans are being developed in case repairs are not completed in time.

 

Red Cross Financial Assistance Forms Are Provided for School System Employees

September 28, 2005

In an effort to help expedite Red Cross financial assistance to citizens of St. Tammany Parish, Superintendent Sloan has worked with local Red Cross officials to provide Red Cross financial assistance forms to School System employees at their work sites. By using School System facilities as form distribution points for employees within the System, Red Cross registration telephone lines and other on-site Red Cross assistance center lines will get substantial relief, so others in the community and School System employees can be served quicker.

School System employees who wish to apply for Red Cross assistance may pick up a form from their school principals or immediate supervisors. Forms must be returned to work sites by the end of the work day on Monday, October 3. For further information, System employees should contact their school principals or immediate supervisors

 

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Paychecks

September 29, 2005

September 30 paychecks for St. Tammany Parish School Board employees will be available at the school or work site where employees are based. All direct deposit paychecks will be processed as usual.


School Uniforms

September 29, 2005

Most schools within the School System have a school uniform policy for students; but, considering the extraordinary circumstances that many of our returning and new students have faced as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, uniforms will not be required to begin school. Students who have appropriate school uniforms are encouraged to wear them. Principals will make every effort to help students secure uniforms once school is under way.

When principals are assured that every student has access to the school uniform, uniforms will be the expected dress for students. Students and parents will be notified about uniform details as soon as possible to help ensure families are informed in a timely manner. Those who will need assistance in securing uniforms should contact their principals.

The following schools currently do not require uniforms, and students at these schools will wear school attire that meets requirements of the School System dress code, which will be provided to all students. Schools without uniforms are: Covington High, Fifth Ward Junior High, Fontainebleau High, Lee Road Junior High, Madisonville Junior High, Mandeville High, Mandeville Junior High, and Pearl River High Schools.

For further information about school uniforms, please call 985-898-3234.

 

Friday, September 30, 2005

School Bus Information

Friday, September 30, 2005

Most school bus routes will remain the same as those routes before Hurricane Katrina. Students on the west side of the parish will be picked up and returned to their same bus stop according to the bus schedule at the beginning of the school year. Most students on the east side of the parish also will follow the same bus schedules and pick up points, with the following exceptions.

Students attending Salmen High School, Northshore High School, Slidell Junior High School, St. Tammany Junior High School, and Slidell Pathways will have different school hours of operation and bus times will vary accordingly. For information about these bus routes, contact the school or the School System Transportation Office at 985-646-4967 in Slidell.

The transportation office will extend its hours to answer bus transportation questions this weekend. The office can take telephone calls Friday, September 30, from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 1, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The office will re-open on Monday morning, October 3, at 7:00 a.m.

Some bus delays may result from current traffic conditions.

 

Monday, October 3, 2005

School Bus Information

Revised October 3, 2005
Friday, September 30, 2005

Most school bus routes will remain the same as those routes before Hurricane Katrina. Students on the west side of the parish will be picked up and returned to their same bus stop according to the bus schedule at the beginning of the school year. Most students on the east side of the parish also will follow the same bus schedules and pick up points, with the following exceptions.

Students attending Salmen High School, Northshore High School, Slidell Junior High School, St. Tammany Junior High School, and Slidell Pathways will have different school hours of operation and bus times will vary accordingly. For information about these bus routes, contact the school or the School System Transportation Office at 985-646-4967 in Slidell.

Some bus delays may result from current traffic conditions.

Thursday, October 6, 2005

Adult Education/GED Classes Resume

Revised October 6, 2005
September 30, 2005

Adult Education/GED classes resumed Monday, October 3. For more information, call 985-898-3243.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Superintendent's Letter to Employees

Monday, October 10, 2005

Superintendent Gayle Sloan issued a letter to all School System employees dated October 7, 2005, about the financial challenges presented by Hurricane Katrina.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Superintendent's Letter to Parents

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Superintendent Gayle Sloan has sent a letter to all parents and guardians of students in the School System dated October 10, 2005, about the changes in the school calendar made necessary by Hurricane Katrina, and about the financial challenges presented by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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