Livingston Schools Release Education Plans for Those Students Whose Parents Opt for 100-Percent Virtual Instruction Due to Health Concerns
More Information Available on District Website
LIVINGSTON, La. – Livingston Parish School Superintendent Joe Murphy announced today (July 23) that district leaders have posted information on what students can expect if their parents opt to not send them to their designated school campus during the Phase 2 and/or Phase 3 learning models proposed for all schools. Parents are offered a 100-percent virtual instruction plan.
The district recently announced its reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year, which includes three distinct phases that incorporate guidelines that align with state guidelines for each recovery phase as determined by the state.
Currently, the state is in a Phase 2 recovery status, meaning that the district is currently moving forward with its Phase 2 reopening plan that calls for a hybrid model of instruction based on grade level and allowed capacity. Under this Phase 2 plan, younger students in grades pre-K to 2 will attend school at their home campuses five days per week and receive a traditional model of instruction. At the same time, students in higher grades will receive a blended model of instruction, split between distance learning and traditional instruction models. The students will be divided into “A” and “B” groups for balanced scheduling purposes.
Murphy said a “C” group will include those students who will not physically attend campuses due to health concerns related to COVID-19. These students may be regular education, special education, 504 or English-Language Learners, he said.
“We understand that while it is our hope to return our students to their campuses and have them engage in face-to-face learning with our faculty as often as possible, this may not be a desirable goal for some of our students who have Coronavirus-related health concerns for themselves or within their immediate families. For these students, we will provide a 100-percent virtual model,” he said.
Murphy said parents who choose the 100-percent virtual option must commit to the structure for a full grading period. That period may be a nine-weeks or full half-year period depending upon the grade level.
Murphy said parents who would like more information on the 100-percent virtual option can visit the district website at www.lpsb.org and click on the “100% Virtual Learning Expectations Group C Students” link that is available near the top of the page (the 2nd icon under the banner accessing the LPPS Strong Start Reopening Plan) or click on this link: http://lpsb.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_546/File/COVID/Cover%204_merged.pdf.
“Our most important priority is the well-being of our students and employees,” Murphy said. “We are working hard to address all our students’ needs and concerns so each and every child can have access to a quality education in a safe learning environment.”