Covid - 19 Updates
The LA Department of Health offers guidance for K-12 parents, guardians and caregivers, and teachers and staff who are returning to school in fall 2021. For the health and safety of all, make sure students are aware of how to practice daily preventive measures.
- Hand washing: Wash hands often, especially before eating, after using the restroom or after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose. Practice proper hand washing:
- Wet the hands.
- Lather hands with soap on both sides, including the fingers and nails.
- Scrub for 20 seconds. Sing the happy birthday song twice to make sure you’ve scrubbed long enough.
- Rinse with water.
- Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry.
- Hand sanitizing: Apply gel to the palm of one hand. Rub hands together, then over all surfaces of hands and fingers until dry (about 20 seconds).
- Wearing masks: Talk to your children about the importance of wearing masks. Practice putting on a taking off a mask without touching the front of the mask. Masks should be worn on the way to and from school when riding the bus, car pooling with people outside of your household, or walking in groups in which physical distancing is not possible. Label masks with your child’s name.
- Physical distancing: Try to keep at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people.
- Stay home if you are sick.
Visit the LA Department of Health online for more information.
On August 2, 2021, Gov. Edwards reinstated a statewide mask mandate, which is currently slated to remain in effect through September 1st. However, the mandate could be extended beyond that date if public health officials believe this action is warranted.
Our commitment to excellence includes shared responsibility for the health and well-being of our students, teachers and staff. Therefore, all TPSS students in grades K-12 will be required to wear a face covering on school buses and on school property in accordance with the governor’s mandate. At this time, we are no longer accepting applications for online learning. We continue to advocate for a strong start to the school year, and endeavor to fulfill educational gaps as a result of a year of online learning.
Please keep in mind that our guidance is fluid and will be adjusted as necessary to align with federal and state guidelines throughout the school year. Our guidelines for COVID-19 safety for the start of school are as follows :
- Students and staff are required to wear face coverings within the school building and inside classrooms.
- Temperature checks will only occur if the school suspects the student may have fever. If it is determined that the student has a fever, the parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the child. Students who have fever should remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours.
- If you have symptoms or you feel like you or your child have been exposed, call your doctor or 211 to find out where to get tested
- Staff and students are encouraged to social distance to the extent that is possible.
- Buses and classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily.
- We encourage our employees and students to get the COVID-19 vaccination. If an employee or student has been vaccinated and is exposed to the COVID-19 virus, quarantining will be required only if he/she has symptoms of the virus. TPSS will help ensure easy access to the COVID-19 vaccination by hosting free vaccination events at various locations throughout the parish prior to the start of school in August.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) today released new data showing that in-person students significantly outperformed remote learners on the Spring 2021 LEAP Assessments.
“The data is clear that in-person instruction is far more beneficial than virtual learning options for the majority of students,” said State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “This information should guide decisions for educators and parents moving into the new school year. It is absolutely critical that we keep our students in the classroom for this upcoming year while mitigating the spread of Covid-19.”
For grades 3-8, the rate of students who scored Mastery or above on ELA and Math assessments was 15% higher for students who were in-person for the entirety of the year versus those who were virtual for the entire year. Also, students who were virtual for the entire year had an 11% greater rate of Unsatisfactory scores than students who were in-person for the entire year.
Visit the LDOE website for past performance data. New data will post from the state as it becomes available for publication.