5-14-2020

  • Updates from Superintendent Stilley

    As you may know, the Governor has issued his executive order to Louisiana residents to begin Phase One on Friday, May 15. Based on this new information and the guidance from state and national leaders, our district has developed a plan to re-open our buildings for employees to return to work. 

    Until we reach Phase Two, Tangipahoa Parish school buildings remain closed to the public; however, district offices are open to the public by appointment only during Phase One. Individuals may request an appointment to enter the central office building in order to meet with a staff member by emailing questions@tangischools.org

    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 and promotion criteria. Students who are eligible for summer school in June will be contacted by their school with that information. Report cards will be mailed out to families by the end of May.

    Superintendent Melissa 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

    The deadline to apply for transfers will be June 1, 2020. 

    Parents wanting to register their child for PreK can visit the Early Childhood website at https://www.tangischools.org/earlychildhood or call 985-474-4383 for assistance.

    TPSS will receive federal funding through the CARES Act due to COVID-19. With this funding, 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,” Superintendent Stilley said. 

    “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. From the traditional classroom-based school setting, to a strictly online setting, to a “blended” setting that includes times in the classroom as well as independent study at home, the district plans to offer a variety of learning modules from which families can choose, and Stilley said an additional benefit is that students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities at the school “site” where they are enrolled. 

    The optional learning model request form is now open, please click here and fill out the form to express your interest in optional learning models. Completing this form will not lock your child into a particular model, and someone from your local school will contact you to discuss options that are best-catered to your child.

    “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.

    Next week, the district will release information regarding alternate graduation ceremonies for high school seniors. 

    “We want to celebrate our seniors as they move on to the next stage of their life whether that be military, college, or the workforce,” Stilley said. 

    The district will also be working with high schools as they begin the process of reopening their athletic programs in Phases Two and Three. The earliest workouts will begin is June 8, pending additional orders from the Governor. To read more about those requirements, please click here: LHSAA Summer Rules 

    The new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families. ALL students enrolled in our school system are eligible. This is in addition to the Meals To You Program that families already receive. To receive these extra benefits, families must go online to enroll. The portal will launch Monday, May 18. Please check our Facebook page and district website for details on how to enroll. 

    Finally, 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 at https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/iijJajO/TangischoolsNews.