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NOLA Public Schools COVID-19 Response

NOLA Public Schools takes the health of our students, educators, and staff seriously, and we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the district and our schools are supported through the duration of the pandemic. The district is continuing to stay on top of updates, collaborate with state and local agencies, and put district resources behind this response.  We are also closely collaborating with our school leaders, task force, and community stakeholders on solidifying plans for a safe start to the 2020-2021 school year.

COVID-19 Updates

Mayor LaToya Cantrell has issued a proclamation allowing the City of New Orleans to enter into a phased reopening. We are currently in Phase 2.
 NOLA-PS Updates

Planning for Re-Opening of Schools Next Year

The district response to COVID-19 has been organized into four phases - Rapid Response, Assessment, Re-entry Planning and Implementation.

NOW: Phase III: Re-Entry Planning

NOLA-PS Roadmap to Reopening Schools Has Been Released: 
The NOLA Public Schools Roadmap to Reopening Schools is a set of operational expectations guiding the reopening of schools in response to the challenges COVID-19 continues to present to our school community. Visit for more information.

We Want to Hear From You!

Listening to our community is a key part of charting the path forward as work with schools to implement the Roadmap.
Please share your questions and provide your feedback to help us better support our school community this coming school year

Share your feedback here.

NOLA-PS Reopening Task Force
In planning for the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year, the district has convened and will lead a 30-member NOLA-PS Reopening Task Force to assist in their development of a Roadmap to Reopening, which is tentatively scheduled for release by the end of June.

The purpose of the reopening task force is to advise district administration and the board on the resources and supports that should be available to students, families and educators next school year. In addition to safety and educational considerations, the group will address the needs of diverse learners and the mental and behavioral health of students and staff in various reopening scenarios.
The task force is a diverse group of school leaders, teachers, social workers, medical experts, parents, city officials and other key experts. The group is already hard at work and will continue to meet virtually on a weekly basis throughout the summer.

Community Survey Results
As  NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) prepares for the 2020-2021 school year, we encouraged the community to participate in a Public Education Survey to gain insights on how COVID-19 has affected public education, as well as how to best return to school in the fall. The survey, which closed on June 5, was  anonymous and open to all parents, teachers, school staff and administration, students in grades 6 and above and community members. In total, 7,227 people completed the survey.   

Read more about the community survey results here.

Essential Priorities of Phase I: Rapid Response 

  • Citywide Community Feeding Program
  • Implementation of Distance Learning from Day 1 to school closure
    Procurement and dissemination of critical technology - 10,000 computers and 8,000 Wifi Hotspots
  • Consistent coordination and communication across the district and school-based staff daily
  • Working Groups established
  • Priority areas identified for resources and support, specifically Special Education and Mental Health
  • Communication with the families and public on status of school closures and key resources available to families and students in need. 
  • Participation and coordinated communications with state and local agencies. 

Essential Priorities of Phase II: Assessment

  • Working with Schools to Reflect and Planning to be Prepared for any Scenario:
    • Process for school planning (team, action steps)
  • Robust scenario planning, based upon various social distancing requirements
  • Sharing of best practices and coordinating on operational planning
  • Development of school planning guide inclusive of protocols for school operations and safety, distance learning plans, diverse learners supports, professional development, etc.
  • Acquiring expertise to advise on the safe opening and running of schools
  • Assessing ongoing technology gaps to address ahead of the 2020-2021 School Year
  • Financial Forecasting across various scenarios
  • Conducting weekly working groups with leaders on topics related to reopening
  • Issuing stakeholder survey to students, parents, educators and community members

Essential Priorities of Phase III: Re-Entry Planning

  • Continuing robust stakeholder engagement on all aspects of re-opening
  • Continuing communications and coordination with state and local agencies, specifically Louisiana Department of Education and the City of New Orleans
  • Building Re-Opening Roadmap, which will outline the core operational standards for schools citywide to follow to help ensure safety upon reopening
  • Building school-level distance learning plans to be leveraged under various school facility closure and/or modified student schedules
  • Training school staff on key aspects on safety protocols
  • Identifying and procuring for system-wide needs to support safe re-opening such as health and safety items (hand sanitizers, masks, etc.)
  • Assessing and planning for any additional gaps in connectivity and technology devices
  • Communicating with community on plans for reopening once finalized

About COVID-19

What is Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These viruses spread through coughing or sneezing, much like the flu. There is no vaccine for the COVID-19.

How does the virus spread?

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets produced when coughing and sneezing
  • Respiratory droplets produced when coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

As with all upper respiratory infections, good hygiene habits are the best first line of defense:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Check out this poster for the CDC's tips on washing your hands (English/Spanish/Vietnamese)
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with those who appear to be ill or have been positively diagnosed
  • Stay home or keep your child home when sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces regularly such as countertops, light switches, cellphones, and other areas
  • Get an annual flu vaccine - it's not too late!


If you have questions about the coronavirus, please contact the Louisiana Office of Public Health's coronavirus general information line at 1-855-523-2652 during business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The latest information on the coronavirus in the U.S. and worldwide can be found on the CDC website.

External Resources

NOLA Public Schools. Every Child. Every School. Every Day.

2401 Westbend Parkway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520

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