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Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

As the month of August draws to a close, we find ourselves in familiar territory. School is in session. Our students have all had their first days, our schools are sorting out the usual bumps and hiccups that accompany the first few weeks of every school year, and yes, it is hurricane season!

That would be par for the course, if not COVID-19 and the community spread of the Delta variant. Under that added level of difficulty, I cannot say enough how proud I am of our teachers, nurses, principals, school leaders, and supporting staff for stepping up for their students. Schools are abiding by mask requirements; they are encouraging vaccinations for all eligible students; and they are participating in regular testing at record levels.

 

Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

This week, we enjoyed a welcomed milestone in our collective recovery from Hurricane Ida: Our learners began to return to their schools, to their teachers and their friends. I had the wonderful opportunity to join Principal Kelly Batiste and her staff as they greeted students at Fannie C. Williams Elementary School on Thursday, and I was heartened by the resilience I saw in their beaming faces. They brightly reflected the good work of NOLA Public Schools and our educators across the City.


Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

School is back in session.

I watched students arrive for their first day of class last week, and I could see the joy in their eyes and in the eyes of their teachers who greeted them.

It was clearly time for everyone to come back together, ready to learn.

I wish I could say I also saw their broad smiles, but I will have to wait for those a while longer. Instead, I was appreciative to see everyone wearing masks and taking great care to apply all the techniques we learned these past 18 months to keep ourselves and each other safe from COVID-19.

All NOLA Public Schools will greet their students by Aug. 18, and we will have started our third school year in a row to be impacted by this ever-changing pandemic.


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.


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.

Summer is here. The school year is over, and now is a time to celebrate the achievements of our students, our teachers, and the support staff of our public schools. I’m greeting the season with several emotions: relief that we kept our schools safe during this challenging pandemic; exhilaration that we did it in the best way possible – together; and pride for all our students accomplished and the challenges they overcame.

Summer is a time for celebration. A time to relax, to be with family and come together with joy. I hope you all take the season to celebrate the loving people in your lives. That’s more important now than ever.


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