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    Parents can call their child's school at the numbers listed here if they have school-related questions.

    TPSS employees need to check their district's email address, our TPSS website, and TPSS FaceBook page to remain connected as we move through the next few weeks. 

Update 3-26-2020 Meals to You Program

  • Meals To You Program

     
    In the cases where the Student ID is not known, please use 00000.
     
    Out of respect for the Governor’s request for residents to stay at home and in an effort to provide meals to local students, the Tangipahoa Parish School System will partner with a Texas-based non-profit to provide free meals to children under the age of 18 through the duration of the COVID-19 school closure.
     
    Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley said the district will partner with Baylor University’s “Meals to You” to provide a weekly home delivery service of five breakfast meals and five lunch servings to every child under the age of 18 in Tangipahoa Parish.
     
    Parents and caregivers must opt-in to receive this free “Meals to You” service. Here is the Meals to You application. Registration is quick and easy, and can be completed using a smart phone or any other internet-enabled device. In the cases where the Student ID is not known, please use 00000.
     
    The program offers a quick turnaround, but registration must be completed in a window of just a few days. As such, families will have until Monday night, March 30, to complete their registration. Then meals will begin shipping out later that week.
     
    District leaders say this service will fill a critical need in our community during the COVID-19 response.
     
    “In the course of four short days, we learned without the shadow of a doubt that our families depend on their school-based meals. While we believed it would be difficult continue to produce and distribute meals person-to-person utilizing our school food service personnel, Baylor University has offered us a great opportunity to continue our free meal service with the added benefit of delivering these meals direct to the children without any need for additional transportation or logistical scheduling,” Stilley said.
     
    Once a family signs up, the collaborative will mail the meals to families based on the number of children in each household. Families will need to input a 9-1-1 physical address for shipping of the meals, which will begin shortly after sign up. 
     
    Parents who miss this window to apply will not be able to secure meals through the program after the application deadline Monday night.
     
    Stilley said this service will remain in effect through the duration of the state-ordered school closure.
     
    “We have been looking for ways to get meals to our students, and this is a great opportunity not only for our students but for every child in Tangipahoa Parish,” Stilley said. 
     
    For more information on the new “Meals to You” program, go to TangiSchools.org or check out the link on the district’s Facebook page, www.FB.com/TangiSchools.

Things You Need to Know

  • Cosas que necesita saber - Things You Need to Know FAQ's_Spanish

    ACADEMICS

    Will spring break change?
    We plan at this time to keep our Easter holiday as it is starting on Good Friday, April 10 with students returning to school on Monday, April 20.

    How will students make up missed time?
    The required 63,720 instructional minute requirement per year shall be suspended, which means the missed days will not have to be extended into the month of June. Therefore we do not anticipate any extension of the school year at this time.

    Are school events cancelled?
    The Louisiana High School Athletic Association has suspended all sporting events at this time. We will not have practices or work-outs on campus during this closure.

    Will my senior graduate?
    At this time SLU has not cancelled graduation in their facility. We plan to move forward unless the executive order is extended into May.

    Will seniors take final exams?
    How to proceed with senior exam schedules will be reviewed during this time and dependent upon the time frame of returning to school remaining the same.

    Will students still be able to earn their credentials in high school during this time?
    The Bulletin 741 Section §2319 Career Diploma IBC requirement has been waived through August 31, 2020.

    Will students enrolled in dual enrollment classes with SELU and NTCC be able to drop from those classes? If so, what is the deadline? 

    Southeastern Louisiana University
    At this time, students should continue working through their course syllabus completing assignments online. Dual enrollment course materials must be accessed online at moodleDE.selu.edu. Students should continue to check their SLU email.  If a student chooses to withdraw from the dual enrollment course, this must be done by Friday, March 27, 2020.

    Northshore Technical Community College
    The 2019-2020 Academic Calendar will be revised to reflect the move of Spring Break to next week to accommodate students, faculty, and staff as a result of the K-12 school closures.

    More information regarding dual enrollment courses will be provided after March 23, 2020. Please continue to refer to email and announcements on our college website for continued updates as we collectively advance our plan. More information can be found at www.northshorecollege.edu/updates. If a student chooses to withdraw from the NTCC dual enrollment course, the deadline is April 3.

    **UPDATED  What should my dual enrollment student (SLU or NTCC) be working on and what options are there if the student is unable to continue the coursework?

    Southeastern Louisiana University
    At this time, students should continue working through their course syllabus completing assignments online. Dual enrollment course materials must be accessed online at moodleDE.selu.edu. Students should continue to check their SLU email.  If a student is having difficulty completing the course due to access to technology or other concerns, below are the options:

    1 - remain in the class and finish as normal

    2 - transition as an "in progress" course with a completion date of August 31 and the receipt of a final grade in the course

    3 - complete an "administrative withdrawal" that allows the student to withdraw from the course with nothing posted on the student's transcript

    Northshore Technical Community College
    Northshore Technical Community College is committed to our students and seeing students through to completion of their career and technical education.  We have launched our new Open Campus webpage that provides resources to dual enrollment students during this time off-campus.  We will continue to publish more materials and courses on the Open Campus each week, and dual enrollment students should check email and Moodle accounts for more information from their instructors.  Additional resources and information can be found on our Keep Learning webpage.  The last day to withdraw from courses is Friday, April 3, and final grades are due on Monday, May 18.  Additional updates can be found at NTCC Updates.

    Option 3 is available to all current DE students. The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved administrative withdrawals for students that do not wish to continue in the course and who do not wish to complete the work during the summer. This withdrawal works exactly like a normal withdrawal in that the deadline to make the choice is Friday, April 3. 

    *You must contact your DE teacher/coordinator at your school to properly withdraw.

    Where can I find the OPTIONAL instructional materials to assist my child?
    On our Optional Resources for Home Learning Website. Your child's teacher may also provide additional resources so check communication from your school.

    What resources are available if students do not have internet at home and/or need assistance with accessing the Internet?
    There are currently a number of offerings available to schools and the families of students. Details of each offering can be found ​here​. You may reach out to your child's school for printed packets of optional learning resources. 

    Who do I contact for information regarding work permits?
    Please call your high school for information on obtaining a work permit.


    TESTING - Udated Info

    Will LEAP and ACT testing be rescheduled?
    The U.S. Department of Education has NOT announced any statewide waivers of assessment requirements, therefore, we will take state testing.

    • Louisiana’s waiver for assessment and accountability were granted; therefore, Louisiana will not require standardized testing for the 2019-20 school year. LDOE is working to provide the existing summer administration for high school students who were scheduled to retest this spring. 

    • The Louisiana Department of Education is working with ACT to reschedule the statewide spring ACT test administration for June 2, pending a lift of the stay-at-home order. An additional early fall administration will also be available for students who were unable to test in June.

    Will AP exams still be available this spring?
    In-person exams are canceled and instead a 45 minute AP exam will be taken online at home. Your school’s AP coordinator will be in contact with additional information. The College Board has provided online review classes for students. Exam dates will be released April 3. 

    Will CLEP exams still be available this spring
    CLEP testing centers are closed due to COVID-19. 

    Will IB seniors be required to complete external assessments?
    The May 2020 examinations, as scheduled between April 30 and May 22, for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme students will no longer be held. Depending on what they registered for , the student will be awarded a Diploma or a course Cerficicate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor, and quality contral aready built ito the programmes. Please contact Mrs. Deirdra Haase, IB Coordinator for specific questions at Deirdra.Haase@tangischools.org

     


    ENROLLMENT/REGISTRATION

    Will TPSS be accepting Early Childhood Applications?
    At this time, the dates have been postponed; however, please check our website and social media sites for any updates regarding applications.

    Will PreK Registration be postponed until school opens up again?
    At this time, the dates have been postponed; however, please check our website and social media sites for any updates regarding applications.

    Will the transfer application period change during school closures?
    Student transfers will begin on April 1st and parents will apply online when the applications are available.


    FOOD SERVICE

    Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley announced Monday, March 23rd that due to the Governor’s latest orders to stay at home, her team will suspend the curbside “grab and go” meal program starting Tuesday, March 24.

    “The issue is not whether feeding students is important. We all agree that it is.  The key issue right now is stopping the spread of the virus, and in good faith, we realized that we could neither follow the Governor’s order to respect the six foot rule while preparing meals in the kitchen nor could we guarantee protective gear for our dedicated school food service workers and volunteers, ” Stilley said.

    “While the need for this program is great, I cannot ignore concerns for the health and safety of our school food service employees who have worked relentlessly to make this program a success,” Stilley said.

    She called her team of more than 150 dedicated school food service employees and volunteers “rock stars,” who put the needs of Tangipahoa students above concerns for their own health and welfare. "In the first three days alone, this team distributed more than 31,000 meals to students across this parish,” Stilley said, adding that some employees even took it upon themselves to hand-carry meals to students who did not have transportation to come to the 12 “grab and go” sites across the parish.

    “We talk about going above and beyond. These employees have taken on a higher calling, and in the last several days, they have carried out a mission to serve our communities."

    At some point, though, the risk to these employees must be considered. Stilley said the nationwide shortage of personal protection equipment such as gloves, face masks and thermometers increased concerns for the well-being of her school food service workers.

    “We would need almost 200 N95 masks every day to even consider going forward with the program,” Stilley said, adding that workers have also expressed concern about the risk involved in spreading the virus through meals they prepare.

    “This is not an easy decision, but we believe it’s the right one at this time,” Stilley said.


    SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

    Will IEP meetings be rescheduled after schools reopen?
    Yes, your IEP team will contact you about your child’s IEP.

    Will homebound still receive services during the next while schools are closed?
    No, homebound services will resume after schools reopen.

    In the event of a school system closure, is the school system responsible for providing special education and related services? 

    If a school system has extended school closures, the school system will remain responsible for the free appropriate public education (FAPE) of its students eligible for special education services with an individualized education program (IEP). If a school closure causes educational services for all students to pause within a school or school system, then the school/school system is generally not required to provide services to the affected students eligible for special education services during that same period of time. The school system should also consider whether the student could benefit from instructional telephone calls, online learning, and other distance-based learning approaches, to the extent available.    

    After an extended closure, school systems are responsible for reviewing how the closure impacted the delivery of special education and related services to students eligible for special education services. For students who could not access online learning or did not receive homebound services, the IEP or Section 504 team must reassess if a student has lost progress during the absence. If the student lost progress, teams will need to reassess services and determine whether the student requires compensatory education. School systems should be communicating with parents and guardians prior to, during, and after a school closure regarding their child’s IEP services.


    NURSE SERVICES

    Will I be able to pick up my child’s medicine from school? If so, how do I go about this?
    You can contact the school to make arrangements to pick up your child’s medicine.


     STUDENT SERVICES

    Will expulsion hearings still take place while school facilities are closed?
    No, these hearings will be rescheduled once our facilities are open.

    Will truancy court hearings continue?
    No, due to the circumstances around school closures we will not have truancy court.


     

Update 3-25-2020

  • Special COVID-19 Blanket Employment Certificates for Minors to work in Louisiana

    In response to the current COVID-19 event, pursuant to La. R.S. 23:184.1 the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) will begin issuing sixty (60) day blanket Employment Certificates for employers desiring to employ minors in the State of Louisiana. Employment Certificates issued due to this event shall expire sixty (60) days from the date of issuance.   Upon expiration, employers will be required to obtain Employment Certificates as required pursuant to La. R.S. 23:181 et. seq.

    Employers desiring to obtain an Employment Certificate pursuant to this memorandum must submit a completed and signed “Application to Employ Minors under 18” along with proof of age to laborprograms@lwc.la.gov.  The application can be downloaded from the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website or by copying and pasting the following web address into your web browser: http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/WFD/MinorApplicationToEmployForm.pdf.  Incomplete applications will not be processed. Employers should allow three (3) days for processing.

    When the application has been approved, the employer will be notified via email from the LWC Office of Workforce Development. The names of those minors who are approved to work pursuant to the Employment Certificate will also be attached to the email. As indicated, blanket Employment Certificates are effective for a maximum of sixty (60) days.  Blanket Employment Certificates are not transferable. Certificates are required to be kept at the minor’s work location.

    Any questions or concerns regarding this memorandum should be directed to laborprograms@lwc.la.gov.


     

Update 3-23-20

  • Grab and Go Meal Service is Suspended

    Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley announced Monday, March 23rd that due to the Governor’s latest orders to stay at home, her team will suspend the curbside “grab and go” meal program starting Tuesday, March 24.

    “The issue is not whether feeding students is important. We all agree that it is.  The key issue right now is stopping the spread of the virus, and in good faith, we realized that we could neither follow the Governor’s order to respect the six foot rule while preparing meals in the kitchen nor could we guarantee protective gear for our dedicated school food service workers and volunteers, ” Stilley said.

    “While the need for this program is great, I cannot ignore concerns for the health and safety of our school food service employees who have worked relentlessly to make this program a success,” Stilley said.

    She called her team of more than 150 dedicated school food service employees and volunteers “rock stars,” who put the needs of Tangipahoa students above concerns for their own health and welfare. "In the first three days alone, this team distributed more than 31,000 meals to students across this parish,” Stilley said, adding that some employees even took it upon themselves to hand-carry meals to students who did not have transportation to come to the 12 “grab and go” sites across the parish.

    “We talk about going above and beyond. These employees have taken on a higher calling, and in the last several days, they have carried out a mission to serve our communities."

    At some point, though, the risk to these employees must be considered. Stilley said the nationwide shortage of personal protection equipment such as gloves, face masks and thermometers increased concerns for the well-being of her school food service workers.

    “We would need almost 200 N95 masks every day to even consider going forward with the program,” Stilley said, adding that workers have also expressed concern about the risk involved in spreading the virus through meals they prepare.

    “This is not an easy decision, but we believe it’s the right one at this time,” Stilley said.


     

Update 3-22-2020

Update 3-18-20

  • In keeping with the spirit of Governor John Bel Edwards’ recommendation to encourage social distancing, Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley said all TPSS district offices, satellite offices, and school campuses will be closed to the public effective Thursday, March 19. This includes our registration site in Hammond. 
     
    “The school system buildings will reopen to the public once our governor lifts his executive order,” Stilley said. 
     
    Curbside “Grab and Go” meals will continue to be distributed at the district’s 12 pre-established campus sites from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
     
    “The goal of social distancing is to limit exposure to infectious bacteria and viruses during a communicable disease outbreak,” Stilley said. She said the overall hope is to slow down the spread of the disease. 
     
    “During this time when the Governor is encouraging us to practice social distancing and our district wants to do its part in keeping our employees healthy. 
     
    Families should continue to check out district's website and Facebook page for updated information. Parents can email questions to questions@tangischools.org or contact their child's school.

Update 3-15-2020

  • Online Learning

    There will be no grades or attendance taken during the next four weeks. The instructional materials we provide are OPTIONAL for students. These resources are only to provide the opportunity for our students to stay connected to classroom learning materials. Teachers will be reaching out to parents and students to encourage them to work on OPTIONAL instruction if they have access to these materials at home. Students enrolled in SLU and NTCC dual enrollment courses MUST complete online assignments and monitor email during this time for additional course information. 

    Optional Resources for Home Learning Website

    For students who do not have internet access at home, there is an opportunity to seek free or reduced-cost internet access for families and students through the "Keep Americans Connected" pledge provided by many of our broadband carriers. This information is already on our website.

    Grading/Attendance
    There will be no grades or attendance taken during these next four weeks. The instruction materials we provide are strictly OPTIONAL for students; however, at this time, students are still scheduled to take statewide assessment tests starting April 27. The instructional material our teachers provide will help them stay connected and better prepare for the statewide testing.


     

Update 3-13-2020

  • Coronavirus Information and Helpful Sites

    TPSS is monitoring the development COVID-19/Coronavirus and coordinating with local health care agencies and government officials to ensure that appropriate precautionary measures are being taken. Although there are no reported cases of Coronavirus currently in Tangipahoa Parish we are urging everyone to be diligent in efforts to prevent the spread of all viruses. Visit these websites for more information:

    Center for Disease Control

    Office of the Governor

    Tangipahoa Parish Government

     Employees, parents and students should take appropriate measures to minimize the likelihood of infection by this and other viruses, such as the seasonal flu. Precautionary measures include the following:

    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects using household cleaner or spray.
    • Do not eat after others, or share cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

    Individuals who show signs of contagious infection, including with the seasonal flu, should stay home and seek medical treatment if conditions warrant. Some symptoms to watch for include fever, cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. 

    We are distributing extra cleaning supplies, hand soap and paper towels to all schools. Schools are taking all necessary precautions to ensure that surfaces are wiped regularly and bathrooms are stocked with supplies for handwashing. 

    Please watch the handwashing video shared by North Oaks Health System.