Posted Date: 04/16/2020
Jefferson Davis Parish School Closure Updates
Message from Superintendent, Kirk Credeur
April 16, 2020
As you may know, yesterday at 4:00 p.m .the governor of the state of Louisiana issued an order to close K-12 school buildings across the state for the rest of the academic year. This effectively put an end to our sincerest wishes to return and complete this school year with some kind of normalcy. Just like we remember how 911 and the Hurricanes of 2005 adversely affected how school was conducted, I’m sure this year will be permanently remembered infamously as the bizarre year of the cyber-attacks and the COVID 19 pandemic year.
The governor did challenge school systems to provide some type of “distance learning” that focuses on content, standards, and skills prioritized in the teacher’s curriculum.
We have provided educational resources to our students during this time, but this new request has a higher level of responsibility.
I will meet with curriculum supervisors tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. via remote access to address a district-wide plan of implementation. We will provide guidance to all individuals so that we can have a more uniform process with how we proceed to implement the governor’s vision. We plan on providing this guidance no later than Friday afternoon so that principals may begin discussions with teachers immediately and begin initiating distance learning processes beginning Monday, April 20th.
The current stay at home order by the governor expires April 30th ;however, with this new order to dismiss school, we speculate that there should be no school activities at least until June 1st. We have asked principals to reach out to their parents of seniors and senior class representatives to determine alternate dates in June to reschedule graduation ceremonies. We want input from those individuals so that we can provide a ceremony that sends off our seniors appropriately. There is, unfortunately, a diminishing window of opportunity that we have to consider for these seniors due to many of them entering the workforce, moving, preparing for college, joining the armed forces etc..
The food program will begin again on April 20th. We will again hand out 10 meals, (5 breakfasts and 5 lunches) for each student that presents. Pickup will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the following locations: Lake Arthur Elementary School, Union Baptist Church (Jennings), Jennings High School, Welsh Elementary School, Elton High School, and Fenton Elementary School. Eligible children must be 18 or younger and must be present at pickup.
Additional information will be forthcoming to principals with additional direction about how to close out the school year.
Stay safe, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing.