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Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

The new school year is just around the corner. As a parent and educator, I know the juggling act it takes in a normal summer to get a child ready for class: purchasing uniforms, filling out paperwork, lining up bus schedules or carpools, multiple trips to stores for school supplies.

But this is not a normal summer. On top of this seasonal back-to-school ritual, we must continue to keep our children safe from the COVID-19 pandemic, now and throughout the 2021-2022 school year.

What is different from last summer is our shared experience. We have been here before. We know how to do this. We did it, together, and we will do it again.

Our children deserve the best education we can offer them. That means being in school, with their friends and their teachers. From the American Academy of Pediatrics on down, we all know that in-person learning is essential to developing the whole child, academically, socially, and emotionally.

Just as we did with our Roadmap to Reopening last summer, we have a plan to preserve in-person learning and keep our students safe. Please review our 2021-2022 COVID Care Guidance for more details.
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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...

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Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

As I have stood in stadiums, gyms, and school buildings these past few weeks, watching the beaming smiles of our NOLA Public Schools seniors make their ever-important graduation marches across the stage – in-person, no less! – I have been filled with enduring gratitude. Gratitude for each and every one of...

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Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

It is my hope that you are all safe, healthy, and ready to finish this unparalleled school year strong! We are closing in on the last weeks of classes, and I could not be prouder of how our school community rallied together and supported each other through this year like no...

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Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

Like so many of you, I watched the conviction of the ex-police officer who murdered George Floyd in Minnesota with sadness over the loss of a life, but also with renewed resolve that we owe it to each other to make the most of this tragedy. Now is the time for...

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Message from Superintendent

May 15, 2020

To the 2020 NOLA Public Schools Graduating Class,

May is my favorite month; it has always been reserved as a time to celebrate graduates and the next steps they are taking together. Caps, gowns, senior photos, prom, college acceptances, the promise of future job opportunities, and wonderful tributes would be some of those inspiring highlights.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19’s impact on our schools and city as a whole, we cannot celebrate together this year as we would traditionally. As the father of a graduating senior, I know you are undoubtedly feeling sad and are disappointed that you weren’t able to say a goodbye to your Senior Year and celebrate with your friends and families in the way that you had hoped.

As Superintendent of NOLA Public Schools, I understand and share your disappointment and am determined to make sure that all of our graduates get the celebration that they deserve as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Message from the Superintendent

Dear School Community,

The importance of routine is critical for a child’s development; from the morning bell, to greeting teachers each period, to catching the bus home, maintaining a rhythm helps students stay well and grow. We know life has been anything but normal lately, but thanks to the efforts of New Orleans Public School teachers, our students have been able to maintain some semblance of their routine.

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NOLA Public Schools: January Highlights

Dear NOLA-PS Community, I wanted to get back to you as promised by the end of this month with an update on the progress we have been making on school bus safety. As of today, we have received corrective action plans from every school in the district and of the 13...

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INSIDE NOLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY

Now just starting year two under our unified school system, I know we must continue to help share how we at NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) support our 44,000 students and work with our 78 schools. We play many functions, but this time of year, especially as we will soon receive letter grades our role in holding schools accountable is front and center.

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September 2019 : School Is In Session

Every Child. Every School. Every Day. Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Henderson, Lewis, Jr.

I recently highlighted two NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) success stories in the New Orleans Advocate-Times Picayune Opinions section.


Kayla Francois graduated in 2018 with a TOPS scholarship and just started her second year at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, majoring in Moving Image Arts and dreaming of her first solo film project. Kayla is a first-generation college student and hopes to inspire other kids to take the same path.


Malik Jackson is another 2018 graduate I want you to know about. In 11th grade, he was uncertain about his future. Then one of his teachers introduced him to a carpentry program through the New Orleans Technical Education Program. There, Malik studied carpentry, earning an industry credential. He now has a stable, well-paying job with a local commercial contractor.


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August 2019: Welcome Back!

Every Child. Every School. Every Day. Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Henderson, Lewis, Jr.

The arrival of students to campuses across our community of schools this month marks the end of summer break and the exciting start of the 2019-2020 academic year. I hope that this is a great year for all schools in NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) and that we all make the most of new opportunities to better serve our students and families.

I would like to share a few highlights from the summer that we have accomplished in collaboration with our schools and partners to prepare for this school year:

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July 2019: New Orleans 2.0

Every Child. Every School. Every Day. Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Henderson, Lewis, Jr.

We are embarking on a historic new chapter when it comes to public school education in America. As of July 1, 2019, New Orleans Public Schools (NOLAPS) officially became the first of its kind in our nation to be an all charter school district and I am proud to be a part of this exciting journey. We are still an urban district serving a high-needs student population, and for me, as Superintendent, our role is unique given that we have 38 different charter management organizations operating our 78 schools.

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June 2019: More Funding for Classrooms

Every Child. Every School. Every Day. Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Henderson, Lewis, Jr.

After the Governor signs off, more funding — approximately $10 million — will head to classrooms in New Orleans to empower students and schools to succeed. I am proud that the Orleans Parish School Board was able to work closely with our elected officials in Baton Rouge to help make this a reality through the recent passage of Louisiana House Bill (HB) 393 by the House and Senate.

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Celebrating the Class of 2019

Every Child. Every School. Every Day. Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Henderson, Lewis, Jr.

This month, thousands of our students will cross the threshold from high school to adulthood, walking triumphantly across various stages in front of family and friends to collect their long-awaited high school diplomas. Now that graduation season has arrived, I believe it is an important time to acknowledge the hard work, drive, and dedication that has propelled the Class of 2019 to reach this milestone: graduation day.

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Measuring Progress

Every Child. Every School. Every Day. Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Henderson, Lewis, Jr.

All across the city, teachers are preparing for the home stretch before state testing. For our dedicated, hard-working teachers this moment is both a test and a testament to their efforts. At the same exact moment, our children are working hard too, not only to meet our high expectations for them, but also to secure their own futures. All of this is the backdrop to the joy, wonder, and freedom of carnival season.

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To NOLA, With LOVE

Every Child. Every School. Every Day. Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Henderson, Lewis, Jr.

Last month, I committed to some pretty substantial items for our district and the broader community. Those words were not just to ring in the New Year, but also rather to provide a road map of where I hope to go in 2019. We now live in a world where our district, with love, can provide the balance, accountability, and benefits of a large-scale district with the freedom and progress of autonomous schools. We have better policies, better oversight, and more leverage at the table. More importantly, we will never forget to ask ourselves, “how are our children?” first.

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The Superintendent’s Aspirations for 2019

Every Child. Every School. Every Day. Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Henderson, Lewis, Jr.

The start of a new calendar year is the perfect time for both reflection and aspiration. As I think about the year ahead, I’m reminded of the traditional Kenyan tribal greeting “Kasserian Ingera” which means…“And, how are the children?” 

Our children are already half-way through their school year. So, as adults responsible for these young minds, I am issuing the same communal call and reflection in 2019:

 “And, how are OUR children?”

My New Year’s Resolution is to meaningfully engage the broader New Orleans community in our public school system. We have to work together to secure their success – we all have a stake in their futures. Therefore, I’m issuing a call to get more involved.

I invite you to come to our board meetings, attend the governing board’s meetings at your child’s school, email us, call us, follow us on social media, and make your presence felt. We want to hear from you.  You make us better!

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New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520

Hotline Number for Parents
504-527-KIDS

School-based issues or concerns from parents

24-hour Hotline Number for Community
504-522-HELP
District based community concerns, feedback, & inquiries from school staff or community members