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School Operations for 2022-23

"READY TO ACHIEVE" GUIDELINES FOR ASCENSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS

CURRENT AS 08/03/22

Ascension Public Schools is operating under normal procedures for the 2022-23 school year. The following information is specific to the Louisiana Department of Education's "Ready to Achieve" initiative for safe and healthy schools.

ILLNESS PREVENTION

It is important that all individuals who attend school, who are employees in our school system, or who are visitors to our schools avoid being present among others when experiencing symptoms of any illness. Our effort to protect each other from illness by staying home when experiencing symptoms is essential to preventing the spread of illnesses in our schools and the workplace. 

Students and employees will continue to have access to handwashing stations and hand sanitizer throughout the day. Students and employees will be encouraged to utilize hand sanitation resources when entering the school, exchanging classes, before and after eating, and other times throughout the day as would be appropriate. Hand hygiene is one of the most important habits to prevent the spread of illnesses and viruses. 

At the district and school levels, we are reinforcing Universal Precautions, which is an annual training for all employees to prevent the spread of infections and illnesses in schools.

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANING

Ascension Public Schools will continue its efforts toward daily cleaning and disinfecting. Heavy traffic areas including restrooms and other common areas will be cleaned regularly. Bottle filling stations are now available at select drinking fountains at all schools. Students and employees are encouraged to bring personal clear water bottles for refilling.

FACE COVERINGS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY (INDOORS OR OUTDOORS)

Face coverings for staff, students, and visitors are optional everywhere in Ascension Public Schools' buildings and property.  Face coverings are allowed in schools and on school property at the discretion of the individual.

LEARNING OPTIONS

Ascension Public Schools continues to offer online learning through the Blended Learning Program (BLP.) This is a voluntary program that allows students to access their courses from anywhere there is internet access. Students may enroll by speaking to the counselor at their home-base school. For more information, visit APPLe Digital Academy's webpage.

VISITORS

As always, visitors are allowed at schools and are expected to follow proper campus procedures. Please check with your school for visitation options. 

Resources

We want to be a source of information for you. Parents can still email our school nurses at Covid@apsb.org should you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Please use the links in the table below for more information for our parents and students, as well as Official Resources for the latest on pandemic response.
 
 

PARENTS/STUDENTS

EMPLOYEES OFFICIAL RESOURCES 
  The Parent's Guide to Google Classroom Contacts for Human Resources Louisiana Department of Health
Technology / Resolving Computing Device Issues   Virtual Physician Appointments LA Dept of Heath COVID-19 Dashboard
Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs    Human Resources Coronavirus Updates Louisiana Governor's Office
Ascension Public Schools Literacy Resource for Accessible Online/Distant Learning    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Zoom Cheat-Sheet for parents & caregivers / 

Zoom Cheat-Sheet para padres y cuidadores

  Ascension Parish Government
Guidance for Early Learning at Home    Ascension Parish OHSEP
Continuous Education for Students with Disabilities Family Toolbox   City of Donaldsonville
 Family Toolbox for Students with Disabilities    Ascension Parish Sheriff's Department 
Online Learning   City of Gonzales Police Department  
    Louisiana Department of Education 
    Department of Education
    Department of State - Travel Advisories   
   

LA Department of Health

Coronavirus Information Line:

1-855-523-2652

Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm 

We look forward to children returning to school on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. We are excited, as always, about all the wonderful experiences and successes our students will enjoy during the 2022-23 school year. 

At this time, our schools are operating under normal procedures. We do not anticipate this to change. However, this webpage will be a resource to communicate any changes throughout the year.

Please utilize the information links at the bottom of this page for the latest information about the pandemic. In addition, our school nurses stand ready to assist should you have any questions or concerns about your child's health. They can be reached directly at Covid@apsb.org.

Thank you for your support and partnership as we embark on another wonderful school year. We welcome your feedback and suggestions at Covid@apsb.org. Working together, we can ensure our students are ready to achieve!

Respectfully,

David Alexander
Superintendent
Ascension Public Schools