Update 5-29-2020 Virtual Summer School 2020 Device Checkout

  • Virtual Summer School begins on June 8th. TPSS summer school students that requested a device can drive-thru and pick up the device according to the following schedule at these times:

    9 AM -12 PM and 1PM - 4 PM

    Please bring your signed Loan Device Agreement with you.

    Thursday, June 4th @ Central Office-All Schools on the North end of the parish.
    Independence Leadership Academy
    Independence Magnet School
    Independence High School
    Amite Elementary
    Amite Westside
    Amite High School
    Roseland Montessori School 
    Loranger Elementary
    Loranger Middle 
    Loranger High School
    Spring Creek Elementary 
    Chesbrough Elementary
    Jewel Sumner Middle
    Jewel Sumner High School
    OW Dillon Leadership Academy
    Kentwood High School (8 Grade Only and HS)

    Friday, June 5th @ Technology Center-All Schools on the South end of the parish.  
    ChampCooper
    Ponchatoula Junior High
    Ponchatoula High School
    DC Reeves
    Martha Vinyard 
    Greenville Park Leadership Academy
    Hammond Eastside Magnet
    Hammond Westside Magnet
    Hammond High School
    Woodland Park
    Midway Elementary
    Natalbany Middle 
    Lucille Nesom Memorial 

    ***Monday, June 8 @ Technology Center-All Remaining Students who have not picked up their device will need to do so at the Tech Center between 9 AM-12 PM. Please be sure to have your device agreement completed when you arrive. 


     

Update 5-21-2020 High School Summer School

  • High School Virtual Summer School
     
    High School LEAP 2025 remediation will be offered virtually beginning Monday, June 1..  Students who qualify will be contacted by the school remediation teacher.  Additionally, a letter will be included with the report card to be mailed home.  If you have any questions please contact the school counselor.
     
    High School Credit Recovery will be offered virtually at no cost to the student.  Credit Recovery courses will begin Tuesday, May26.  Each high school will have a credit recovery teacher who will monitor courses and contact parents weekly.  For additional information please contact the school counselor or credit recovery teacher.

Update 05-18-2020 P-EBT Info and Application

  • P-EBT Information and Application

    Here is the application.

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 enables temporary emergency standards of eligibility and levels of benefits under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. Children who would receive free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Act if school facilities were currently open are eligible for benefits. This includes all students attending a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For more information click here. For assistance with the application contact the LAHelpU Call Center at 1-888-524-3578

    To receive these benefits, families must complete an application. Without the requested information, the Department of Children and Family Services cannot issue the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card and provide benefits.

    The  launch of the application is set for Monday,  May 18, 2020.

Update 5-14-2020

  • VIRTUAL SUMMER REMEDIATION

    Tangipahoa Parish School System will be offering Virtual Summer Remediation during June 8-July 9th on Monday-Thursday. Remediation will be offered in the areas of English Language Arts and mathematics. This will be required for any student in grades 4 and 8 who have a final grade of F in English, reading or math. This will be optional for students in grades 3, 5, 6 and 7 who have a failing final grade in English, reading or math.
     If students qualify for summer remediation, parents  will receive a letter with their child’s report card they will need to complete and mail back to the school in the self-addressed envelope provided by June 1, 2020. Parents should receive the report card along with the letter and envelope by Tuesday, May 26, 2020 if their child qualifies. Parents can also contact Marquita Jackson at (985)748-2510 or if they do not receive the letter or if they have questions. 
     
    JUMP START SUMMER PROGRAM
     
    The Jump Start Summer program will offer the following virtual classes:
    Certified Internet Webmaster
    Operation Spark’s Fundamentals of JavaScript, Functional Programming, and Web development.

    Students can earn a $500 stipend, 1/2 Carnegie unit, and bonuses for earning credentials.

    Students were sent a flyer with details in one email and a second email with the application form to complete. Please have students check their school email to apply. We will notify them of acceptance to the program by school email a few days after the application closes. Students should apply early, class size is limited.

Update 5-7-2020

  • When is summer remediation and how will I know if my child should attend?
    Summer Remediation for grades 3-8 will be held virtually from June 8th-July 9th. Students will have virtual content and have daily contact from teachers. High school students who need to retake a Leap 2025 assessment for graduation requirements will also have virtual access to remediate this summer. Students in grades 3-8 who qualify for summer remediation (failed English, Reading, or Math) will be notified by their school. High school students who need Leap 2025 remediation will receive information sent home along with their report cards. 

    When will report cards for K-11 be mailed?
    Report cards will be mailed out on May 22nd.

Final Grades Update 4-29-2020

  • K-11 grades will be finalized by using the process below:
    Students will receive the highest end-of-six week’s grade that he/she has earned in each course for their 6th six weeks grade. For example, if a student has earned the following in Math, a B in the first 6 weeks, a C in the second six weeks, a C in the third six weeks, an A in the fourth six weeks, and a B in the fifth sixth weeks their grade for the sixth six weeks would be an A since that was the highest end-of-six weeks grade received. 

    Schools will mail home final report cards along with any other end of year notices that would normally go home with students.

    Summer Remediation:
    Eligible students will be contacted by their schools with further information.

    Senior Final Grades and Graduation Information
    Please go to our Senior 2020 Updates page for information on final grades and Senior Celebrations.


     

Update 4-16-2020

  • As you may be aware, the Governor has closed our schools for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. 
     
    We have received a few questions about closing out our school year. Our hope is that this information will be helpful in clarifying the close out process. 
     
    Once the Governor has lifted the executive order impacting the closure of our school buildings and the stay at home order, principals will communicate to their students and families the process for picking up any personal items left at the school. 
     
    Final grades will be calculated based on guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education and report cards will be mailed to the address that is on file for students before the end of May. 
     
    If parents need to update their physical and/or mailing address, they can do so ONLINE through OnCourse Connect starting Monday, April 20 from our website. Parents will need to contact their teacher for the OnCourse Connect login information if they do not currently have it. Parents need to reach out to the school by phone or email their principal/teacher if they have not been contacted by the school or teacher since schools have been closed in order to update their contact information. Many teachers are not able to reach parents due to incorrect contact information. 
     
    Students eligible for summer school will be contacted by the school before the end of May. Distance Learning resources will continue to be provided for students on our website throughout the summer. The 2020-2021 school year will begin on August 12 for students. Teachers will report to their schools on August 6, 2020. 
     
    Decisions about graduation ceremonies and other related activities for seniors will be made once the Governor’s executive and stay home orders are lifted. 
     
    Superintendent Stilley would like to thank our employees, families, and students for their patience during this unprecedented time. We will get through this together and will be stronger because of it.

Update 4-14-2020

  • School Buildings Remain Closed: Learning Plans Continue for Students
     
    As many of you may know, the Governor has closed K-12 school buildings across the state for the rest of this academic year. The goal is for learning and instruction to continue, and we recognize many teachers and families are concerned about how we will ensure that students will master those state standards that they missed from March through May.
     
    In Tangipahoa Parish, our plan is to continue learning through distance learning resources for students throughout the summer. We are going to prioritize content standards that are identified by our teachers as the most essential units to prepare for the next grade level.  Our teachers will continue to stay connected to their students during this period, and teachers will provide students with feedback on lessons that they are completing. 

    Going forward, when our school buildings re-open on August 12th for the 2020-2021 school year, students will be given a diagnostic assessment on the previous year’s content standards to determine in which mathematics, reading, and writing skills they are not proficient. 

    Teachers will then utilize the results of this diagnostic assessment to determine which state standards must be taught before starting the new grade level content. 

    Schedules will be altered in the beginning of school to provide “gap time” for students to master the previous grade level standards and skills in Mathematics and English Language Arts. This will not be an extension of the day, but rather making the most of the time within the day to ensure that priority content standards are mastered in mathematics, reading, and writing. 

    For students who have demonstrated proficiency on their diagnostic assessment in August, plans will be developed to challenge and engage students in new learning so they will continue to have activities that are rigorous and relevant during this “gap time” period. 

    This summer the Tangipahoa Parish School System will offer virtual core classes for grades 3-12 for students who were identified as in need of summer remediation for prior year skills. Schools will contact eligible students for the summer online learning classes. 

    In addition, the Tangipahoa Parish School System is utilizing this time to build out true online learning classes for any TPSS student enrolled in grades 3-12 who would like to take online classes and participate in blended classes at the start of the new school year in August. These classes will be taught by certified teachers who are experts in their content field. This option for TPSS students will be equivalent to taking online classes similar to any high-quality virtual school in the state or nation. These online classes and virtual school choice is FREE to all interested students enrolled in the TPSS. Information about signing up for virtual classes will be released later this summer for students enrolled in our school system. 

    Superintendent Stilley would like to assure our graduating seniors that when we have the clearance to have graduation ceremonies, we will have them to celebrate all of their accomplishments. 

    Families are beginning to have meals shipped to their homes and these meals will continue to be shipped through the end of May. Families will receive a two-week supply of breakfast and lunch meals through the district’s partnership with Baylor’s Meals To You Program. 

    We will continue to be in contact with state officials as we plan and move forward.

    “These are unprecedented times, and our team is working around the clock to provide convenient, creative, and technologically-enabled learning for our students,” Stilley said. “While this is not what our students have traditionally done, these learning opportunities will help our students bridge the time between the COVID closure and that time when we can return to our classrooms in a few months.”


     

Update 4-8-20: Stay At Home Extended and Guidance for Graduating Seniors

  • Governor Edwards extended school closures statewide. As a result, all of our schools and support facilities will remain closed until at least April 30. These closures include the cancellation of all athletics, activities, clubs and events.


    Graduating Seniors

    Today the Tangipahoa Parish School System participated in a state conference call with the Louisiana Department of Education around the state guidance for graduating seniors. 
    Based on this state guidance, we are looking at each senior individually to determine their Graduation Exit Plan to finish high school requirements. There is no one size fits all solution to this process. We must analyze each student's situation and develop a plan to ensure that they graduate ready for college and/or the workforce.
     
    District leaders will be working with high school principals, counselors, and teachers to develop a process that is consistent across the parish. Graduating seniors should begin to check their TPSS student email on Wednesday, April 8 for guidance on what they will need to do in order to complete their high school requirements. 
    If graduating seniors have not received an email from the school regarding their Graduation Exit Plan by Friday, April 10 they should email their high school principal or counselor.
     
    Many people are asking about the actual high school graduation ceremonies. Currently, our graduation ceremonies are set to begin on May 6, however, we need to keep in mind that our actual graduation dates may have to be pushed back to later in the summer depending on any other executive orders from the governor. We will have celebrations for our seniors and we will do our very best to keep the tradition of celebrating our seniors together. As soon as we receive additional information pertaining to graduation ceremonies, we will communicate that to our graduating seniors and their families. 
     
    Superintendent Stilley would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during this time as we work through the details of individual Graduation Exit Plans for our seniors. 
     
     
    Industry-Based Credentials : The IBC graduation requirement has been waived for seniors who will graduate by August 31, 2020.

    Leap 2025: The spring LEAP 2025 assessment window has been cancelled, and the requirement has been waived for currently enrolled graduating seniors.

    FAFSA: There are benefits to still completing the FAFSA; the primary reason is to reduce post-secondary expenses. In addition to state financial aid programs, e.g. TOPS and LA Go Grant, there are also Federal Student Aid programs that require FAFSA completion, including:
    · Pell Grant
    · Supplemental Education Opportunity Program/SEOG
    · Federal Work Study
    · Federal Direct Loans
     
    ACT: On April 2, 2020, Governor Edwards suspended the requirement that a student achieve a
    qualifying score on or before the national ACT test date in April. Students will have until
    September 30, 2020, to achieve a qualifying ACT score or to qualify for higher TOPS Award

Things You Need to Know

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

    ACADEMICS - Updated Info

    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.

    **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

    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 May 26th. 
    *You must contact your DE teacher/coordinator at your school to properly withdraw.

    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 May 8th, and final grades are due on Monday, May 18.  Additional updates can be found at NTCC Updates.

    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. 

    **UPDATED Who do I contact for information regarding work permits?
    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.

    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.

    Here is the Application to Employ Minors Form
    http://www.laworks.net/…/W…/MinorApplicationToEmployForm.pdf


    TESTING - Udated Info

    Will LEAP and ACT testing be rescheduled?

    • 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 3-26-2020: Meals to You Program

  • Meals To You Program

     Deadline is Monday night, March 30t
     
     
    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.

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.