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CATAHOULA PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020 1:00 P.M.

Meeting room capacity 25% limits will be reached by the board members, essential staff, and the official journal representative. Please watch Facebook live and comment/question any item on the live stream. Your comments/questions will be read aloud in the meeting at the appropriate time.

AGENDA

  1. Approve the minutes of the regular meeting of April 23, 2020
  1. Recognize Board members for attending Board Member Training on Discipline, Powers, Duties & Responsibilities of School Boards on March 3, 2020
  1. Recognize Board Members Sharon Fisher-Stevenson, and Toshiro Fisher for attending the Louisiana School Board Conference on February 16-18, 202
  1. Recognize May 6, 2020 as School Nurse Day
  1. Approve the Catahoula News Booster as the Official Journal for the Catahoula Parish School Board for the June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021
  1. Personnel Report
  1. Superintendent’s Report

 


ALL students under the age of 18 that are enrolled in a Catahoula Parish School are eligible for the new Pandemic-EBT benefit of $285 per student. The portal opens Monday, May 18th and closes June 8th, so don't wait to apply.  The portal and FAQs are located at http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/page/pebt-program#faq


ONLINE EDUCATION

Frequently Asked Packet Questions click HERE.

WEEKS 1 THROUGH 7 ARE POSTED

Week 7 is the final packet

CLICK THE ICON BELOW TO ACCESS THE PACKETS

GRADES 10 and 11 (WEEK 2):   ACT Practice Test 2019/2020

GRADES 10 and 11 (WEEK 5):  Magoosh ACT Prep

GRADES 10 and 11 (WEEK 6):  ACT Practice Test (2018/2019)

GRADES 10 AND 11: THERE IS NO WEEK 7 PACKET.

SPECIAL LEARNERS THAT USE THE UNIQUE PROGRAM CLICK HERE. If you don't have your username or code, please conact barbaramoseley@catahoulaschools.com.

TIPS FOR ONLINE LEARNING:

1. You do not need to print the packets, just have your child write their answers in a notebook or on regular paper. Keep all of your child's papers together to turn in.

2. Do not try to complete the packet in one day.

3. Set aside a time each day that is strictly for doing schoolwork.

4. Do not get frustrated with your child if he/she is having trouble with some of the work. Make sure you review the Family Resource Packet so that you can help your child work through their problems and contact your child's teacher as needed.

5. Have your child write a journal entry a day about the issues that are happening around us and their feelings regarding these issues. Kindergarten students may draw pictures and tell you what they are feeling and you may write their entry.

6. Have your child read every day.

7. Remember that these are unique times that we are facing and your child may be experiencing fears and anxiety that they have not experienced before. If your child has a structured environment like they do on a regular school day, this may help reduce some of the feelings they are experiencing.

If you need a printed packet, please email the student's grade and a valid USPS mailing address to COVID19@catahoulaschools.com.


OFFICIAL FAQ (as of 04/09/2020)

 

When does my child go back to school?

All schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. Schools plan to reopen in August.

 

Where can I pick up meals for my child?

Catahoula Parish has suspended the meal program for the safety of the employees. Emergency Meals to You sign up has ended.

 

Can I visit my child’s school?

No, all buildings are closed to the public. If you need information regarding your child’s education, please email COVID19@catahoulaschools.com. This email is checked regularly.

 

What if I need a work permit for my minor child?

Businesses have been given an opportunity to apply for a 60 day waiver on work permits.

 

What if I need to register my child for Pre-K or Kindergarten for next school year?

If you have a student you need to register, please email COVID19@catahoulaschools.com and include the following information:

Child’s name and birthday

Name of parents

Physical address

Mailing address

This will get you on the registration list. Also, go ahead and get the following information ready for when we reopen and contact you to come in to complete your registration:

Child’s birth certificate

Child’s social security card

Child’s immunization record

2 proofs of address

Custody papers if applicable

 

Will my senior get to have a graduation ceremony?

Yes. Currently all graduations are postponed but the district remains committed to holding these ceremonies as soon as allowed.

 

Will my child have to take the standardized tests this year?

Louisiana has received waivers from the US Dept. of Education for state standardized testing for this year.

 

Will my child be able to play baseball/softball this year?

LHSAA announced on 4/9/2020 that they have cancelled all spring sports for 2020.

 

Will my child have to make up this time in the summer?

No. The Governor has waived the instructional minutes for this school year, so no time will need to be made up.

 

What educational resources should I use while my child is out of school?

Packets are available weekly online and sent by mail to those who request a paper copy. To request a paper copy, email COVID19@catahoulaschools.com.

 

What are you doing to clean my child’s school before he/she returns?

All schools have been cleaned with antimicrobial cleaners and/or bleach since closure. In addition, the week prior to students returning, all schools will be further sanitized with hospital grade sanitizers. In addition, we have asked teachers to wipe down each keyboard and mouse, chrome book, and desk/table. We will repeat this procedure prior to students returning to school.

 

This is a changing situation as we go on and we will update this FAQ as needed. #CatahoulaStrong

 


New Immunization Requirements

Effective July 1, 2019, Louisiana law requires all students entering the 11th grade or those who are 16 years old in any grade, to provide proof of current immunization meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) against meningococcal disease as a condition of school entry. This is an additional requirement on top of the requirement for students in 6th grade or those 11 years old. This means that two doses are now required. This new requirement came from the passage of 2018 Regular Session House Bill 176. Revised Statute 17:170E continues to allow exemption from this requirement for medical reasons or written statement of dissent.

If you have any questions, please contact the Catahoula Parish School Nurse, Brandy Montpelier, at the Central Office.



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