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Monitoring Coronavirus

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 prepared. NOLA Public Schools is communicating with local and state agencies to help ensure we have the best information to share with families at any given time. We are also coordinating with our school leaders to make sure we are all prepared for any potential impacts to this community.

Governor John Bel Edwards has directed all schools in the state to close to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Schools will be closed starting on Monday, March 16, 2020. Families should be prepared for schools to be closed for a minimum of 4 weeks. 

NOLA-PS is working with local agencies and schools to implement plans for the short-and long-term impacts of prolonged school closure. The Orleans Parish School Board has passed a resolution giving the Superintendent the authority to access emergency reserves to support the city’s students. Specifically, the resolution allows the Superintendent to access up to five million dollars from its general fund balance reserve to support any system-wide emergency purchases. At this time, the Superintendent has identified three core areas in need of immediate resources: distance learning, child nutrition and school sanitation.

Click here for information on Community Feeding locations

 

Click here for information on Distance Learning and other Community Resources


If you are looking for information on giving donations, please email donations@nolapublicschools.com or contact 504-430-5311 for assistance.
 

The latest NOLA-PS Statements on 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!

Questions?

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.
 

External Resources

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

2401 Westbend Parkway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520
Email: Communications@opsb.us

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