Posted Date: 04/28/2020
Jefferson Davis Parish School Closure Updates
Message from Superintendent Kirk Credeur
Yesterday around 4:00p.m. Governor Edwards expounded upon his original stay at home order and extended it an additional two weeks. The current stay at home order is in effect until May 15th, 2020. He made the decision after speaking to Louisiana medical advisors, White House officials, and reviewing current medical data.
Businesses such as bars, casinos, barbershops, and salons will remain closed until May 15th.
Essential businesses can remain open as they have.
Non-Essential retail can open as long as there are no more than 10 people in the building at all times.
There are some slight new changes to the extended two weeks:
1. Restaurants may allow patrons to pick up their meals and eat them in the outdoor areas but without table side service.
2. All employees of a business who have contact with the public must wear a mask.
3. Malls will remain closed but they can do curbside service.
What does this mean for Jefferson Davis Phased plan to have employees return to work???
The governor has already identified the school meal program and the distance education program as essential to the state, so we will continue those programs to the best of our abilities. We plan to serve the last of our meals on Monday May 18th. We are currently in negotiation with the Summer Assist Feeding program to pick up the feeding program after that date which could result in a non-stop feeding program throughout the summer.
Each school is also developing and implementing plans to have students and their families pick up sample work, materials, supplies, and personal belongings. Please check all media posts for how these activities will be rolled out for your child’s particular school. All school personnel can be reached through their school email, which is the person’s (first name.last email@example.com) Links are also available for email on the district web site at jeffersondavis.org
Under the current governor’s plan all school personnel (not students) will be back to school for full time work on May 18, 2020. Obviously there will be safety protocols that we will have to adhere to, and we are asking for the public’s patience as we work through the obstacles. We will, however, look forward to addressing the needs of the public at that time as well as heed any safety advice from health officials.
The new June graduation dates are still good, and each school is reviewing the safest and most efficient way to conduct the ceremonies that will allow the most family members to participate. We will, however, have to comply with any state directive concerning safety if provided at that time. To my knowledge there are currently none regarding a June graduation date. Any parent(s) of a senior are encouraged to email or call the schools if they need more information regarding graduation, etc.
It was my sincerest wish that students return to the school this school year even if it was for a short time. I wanted to give all of our students a sense of normalcy and complete the school year in a manner that was befitting our senior class after all their years of their hard work and accomplishment. This is not the script I would have written for their senior story but drives the point that no one knows the future and the importance of making the most of every moment that you are provided. Graduation ceremonies will be exceptionally appreciated by all of us this year.
Please stay safe, practice social distancing, and wash your hands frequently.