Each year during the month of May, the Tangipahoa Parish School System would normally begin its end-of-year close-out procedures, which include end of year award programs and graduation ceremonies for seniors.
With the Governor’s extension of the stay at home order through May 15, the TPSS will be doing things a little differently to close out 2020.
Because the district’s traditional senior graduation ceremonies will need to be rescheduled to a later date, the TPSS wanted to be able to host something special for seniors and their families on their regularly scheduled graduation night. Beginning on May 6, each high school will host a virtual watch party to celebrate the accomplishments of their senior class. This celebration can be watched from each high school’s FaceBook page on the night that they would have had their regularly scheduled graduation ceremony. The district invites everyone to join us for each school’s celebration for their seniors. Here are the original schedules of the graduation ceremonies.
In addition, the district has been working with state education officials along with our local school leaders to finalize procedures for final grades and promotion requirements for students. Families can find the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document on the TPSS website to learn more about final grades, Senior Updates, and promotion criteria. Students who are eligible for summer school in June will be contacted by their school with that information.
The district’s request to continue the Baylor University “Meals To You Program” has been approved, and families will continue to receive the home-delivery meals through June 30.
The TPSS expects to receive additional federal funding through the CaresAct due to COVID-19. With this federal funding, School Superintendent Melissa Stilley said the TPSS will be purchasing additional devices to “assist us in achieving our goal for every student enrolled in our parish to be able to have access to a computer for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.”
“We want to do our very best to ensure that every child has access to virtual learning in the immediate future,” Stilley said, adding that by providing students with one-to-one devices, “we are extending continuous learning beyond the walls of the classroom.”
Tangipahoa’s expert content teacher leaders have been busily working to build out true virtual classes that can be utilized to provide learning model options for families. Beginning in August 2020, students who are enrolled in our public schools will have the opportunity to select the model that works best for their family, whether that be full virtual learning, blended virtual learning, or the traditional classroom-setting learning model.
“No matter if our students are in the classroom or at home, they will have access to the same high quality curriculum and highly qualified certified teachers,” Stilley said. She said that regardless of the model of learning that families choose, students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities at the school where they are enrolled. TPSS Learning Models
“We are very pleased to be able to offer families learning model options, because a one-size fits all model does not work for every family,” Stilley said.
In addition, Superintendent Stilley reminds the public that parents can register new students or request transfers online. The registration portal is open now and families can access it by visiting the Enrollment section of the TPSS website.
Stilley said the district wants to remain in communication with families. In addition to the TPSS website and school websites, the parish has created a digital newsletter that is available by email subscription. Click here to subscribe to the newsletter. Stilley said district leaders are also asking parents to go to the school system website and fill out this form if they have not been contacted by their school or teacher during the COVID-19 closure.
Stilley said, “We want to be able to have accurate information to keep students and their families informed moving forward.”