School buildings will remain closed, continuous learning plans suggested for students

Published 4:30 am Saturday, April 18, 2020

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As of April 13, 2020, the governor closed all K-12 schools in the state for the remainder of the academic year. However, our goal for learning and instruction is going to continue for our students. We realize throughout our community, teachers and families are concerned about how we will move forward to ensure student mastery of state standards without instruction in the classroom from March through May.

In the Bogalusa City School System, our plan is to continue learning through resources provided on our website. We do realize that in the near future we may be moving to distance learning as we receive more direction from the state. This option, distance learning, will be a challenge for our students, teachers, and families, but we will, through our plan, address this for all students and families.

As we move forward, our schools will re-open on Aug. 6, 2020, for the 2020-2021 school year. When our schools reopen, students will be given a diagnostic assessment based upon the previous year’s content standards to determine who is not proficient in mathematics, reading and writing (ELA). Our teachers will utilize the results of these diagnostic assessments to determine which state standards must be taught before starting new grade level content.

For students who demonstrate proficiency on their diagnostic assessment in August, plans will be developed to challenge and engage our students in new learning to continue to provide rigorous and relevant activities during the beginning of the school year.

After determining the status of our students academically, we will provide instruction to address academic deficiencies before moving into new grade level academic instruction. We will address this remedial instruction during the regular school day, not an extension of the day.

As the superintendent of Bogalusa City Schools, I would like to reassure our 2020 graduating seniors that when we are able we will have graduation ceremonies for them. At that time, we will celebrate all of their accomplishments as seniors.

Our meal distribution will continue beginning next week, April 20, at the two locations (Byrd Avenue and Bogalusa High School) between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and noon, every Monday and Wednesday. This service will continue through the end of school, May 22, and then resume with our summer feeding program.

We will continue to keep you informed of developments as we receive information from state officials and LDOE.

We realize that we are living in unprecedented times, but rest assured that our team is working around the clock every day to provide the absolute best solutions for our students. We are working to provide the best technologically available learning experience for all of our students. I know that our community and our students are not used to learning virtually, but we are hoping to use these new learning opportunities to help our students during the COVID closure.

Stay safe!