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Dr. Lewis

Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

We have come a long, long way.

As I reflect on my six years as Superintendent of Schools, I am proud of what we have gained for our students, families, and educators of New Orleans. I am also honored by the trust this community placed in me to lead NOLA Public Schools at such an important moment in our history.

We have accomplished so much, together. Our public schools New Orleans are now under local control, where they belong. We built frameworks to balance high standards with encircling support for our schools, forming an educational community like no other in this nation. We found a unique way to prize creativity in our classrooms while demanding a quality foundation that gives our students the tools to compete toe-to-toe and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their counterparts everywhere. And best of all, we found ways to talk to each other, to problem-solve as a team unified in our dedication to ensure every child thrives, academically, socially, emotionally – no matter their race, gender, creed, or economic circumstance.

The COVID-19 pandemic, for all the fear it wrought, proved the quality of our craftsmanship. We led the nation in keeping our schools safe, reopening our classrooms, and providing access to food, technology, COVID testing and vaccines for those in need. None of that could have been accomplished without the community you helped me build around our schools.

My time as Superintendent is now coming to a close. I announced earlier this week that I would not seek a renewal of my contract with the Orleans Parish School Board. I made that decision without reservation, because another important attribute of a good leader is to recognize when it is time for new ideas, new dreams, and new visionaries to pick up the torch.

I chose to make my announcement a year before my allotted time was up because I believe it is the right time, the responsible time, to ensure a successful handoff to the next leader of this great school system. And in the time that remains, I want to accomplish two things above all else.

One: We must re-engage our students who may have lost their way during the pandemic. We must rally together to ensure every student this fall is back in school, on time, every day. As a District, we have begun that good work in tandem with our schools to find those families and communities most in need of our support. You will see throughout the summer multiple strategies to reconnect our students with that intrinsic love for learning that lies in all of us.

Two: We must lay out a clear path forward for the next Superintendent. Our strategic planning for the next four years is well underway, and we are crafting a budget for the 2021-2022 school year that will prioritize our greatest needs. Going forward, our collective work must challenge inequity, poverty, violence, and other systemic ills that have befallen our families and children long before any of the natural or manmade disasters we have endured.

Since 2015, I have embraced you as you have embraced me. And I am confident I will leave our students in the great hands of a diverse and energized School Board and brilliant school leaders, teachers, and support staff. You have my gratitude for your support these last six years and for your dedication to public education in this great City we lovingly call home.

We got through this, together. Thank you.

In Service,

Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.

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CPVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019

NOLA Public Schools is proud to unveil a new comprehensive Special Education Resource Guide that connects people to resources that create real and impactful change in the lives of special needs students and their families.  The Special Education Resource Guide is a living document that contains more than 20 areas of assistance, includes more than 150 organization and providers.

Printed copies of the guide can be picked-up at the following locations:

  • Westbank - Timbers/OPSB Central Office - 2401 Westbend Parkway, Suite 1101, New Orleans, LA 70114
  • Uptown - Mahalia Jackson - 2405 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113
  • New Orleans East – IDEA Oscar Dunn – 12000 Hayne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70128

CPVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019

Visit our new website for Mary D. Coghill Elementary for information and school updates!

CPVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019

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 safety of our district and schools. Visit our Coronavirus Updates page for the latest information. Additionally, read about our safety precautions for how schools are operating while COVID-19 continues to impact our community within our Roadmap to Reopening.

Several of our schools are serving as community feeding centers at this time. Visit our COVID-19 Child Nutrition page for the latest list of schools and hours of operation.

Check out our COVID-19 Community Resource Center for important information and resources for families and community members. 

If you are looking for information on COVID cases across the district, see our COVID Case Tracker.

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The NOLAPS Transitions Resource Guide is a digital collection of resources for families and students with special needs transitioning into life after their high school careers. The guide includes information on more than 60 local organizations that provide support in areas such as employment, community access, housing, independent living, financial planning and legal rights. 

View the Transitions Resource Guide here.

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