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Livingston schools considering 'virtual' graduation, will continue meal deliveries into May

4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago Tuesday, April 21 2020 Apr 21, 2020 April 21, 2020 9:40 PM April 21, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ

LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Public Schools Superintendent Alan Joe Murphy says the system is planning on students being back in class for the fall semester and is looking at other options for holding end of school year activities.

The letter from the superintendent to students, families, and faculty says school officials are looking at continuing education into the summer and the fall "by any means necessary." 

Murphy says schools will continue offering print and digital materials to students to ensure they complete the academic year, and principals will be reaching out to parents to discuss their child's progression if necessary. 

The 2019-2020 school year will still officially end on May 22, with report cards being sent out on June 2.

For some students who may need to recover course credit, summer classes will mostly be done via online courses. But Murphy said that a limited number of students may be allowed to have face-to-face interactions with teachers. That's only if state and federal restrictions allow for that to happen in the near future.

The superintendent says the system is currently planning on classes returning to campus for the fall semester, but that could possibly change due to the ever-evolving regulations to fight the spread of COVID-19.

The system is also looking at ways for schools to hold some end of year activities, specifically graduation. With graduation ceremonies postponed until at least June, school officials are hoping to hold modified ceremonies if restrictions are relaxed in that time. In case that isn't possible, the superintendent says the parish is considering "virtual" graduation options instead.

The Livingston school system says it will also continue delivering meals to students through at least May 22. If the program can't be expanded beyond that date, Murphy says schools will look at other options for feeding children during the summer.

The district has also made provisions for Pre-K and Kindergarten registrations:
  • Pre-K Registration (Phase 1) will be held from June 1-5, with determination letters for Phase 1 applicants being mailed June 15.  Applications to fill any available seats from Phase 1 will be accepted beginning June 22.  Pending the state’s guidelines, applications can be completed at the child’s home-based school campus or can be emailed directly to the school. Information regarding specific dates, times and procedures for each school will be posted on the LPPS Pre-K/Early Childhood webpage and on each school’s webpage after May 4, at https://lpearlychildhood.wixsite.com/lpearlychildhood. More information is available at 225-686-4302 or 225-686-4265.
  • Kindergarten Registration will begin June 1. Pending the state’s guidelines, parents may register their child for Kindergarten on the campus of their home-based school or by emailing the school directly.  Information regarding specific dates, times and procedures will be posted on the LPPS webpage at www.lpsb.org, and on each school’s webpage after May 4. 

You can find read the full statement from the superintendent here.

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