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Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community,

I hope Labor Day provided everyone with a much needed opportunity to rest and recharge your batteries before the fall semester gets into full swing. In just a few days, our youngest learners will begin returning to classrooms to reunite with their classmates and teachers - and it’s all thanks to the hard work of our community throughout New Orleans. We asked the NOLA community to step up in a big way, and true to form, you did. You masked up, washed your hands, and practiced social distancing, creating an environment that allows us to begin getting students back into classrooms.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for all you have done to help get our students back in their classrooms.

And remember, this is just the start. NOLA-PS’ primary goal is always the health and safety of our school community, which is why we are taking a deliberate and measured approach, prioritizing our little ones who have the most to gain both academically and emotionally from in-person learning. As we begin to open classrooms back up for our students in K-4, we must remain vigilant in order to ensure that we can keep schools open, and at the same time work towards getting our students in grades 5-12 back to in-person learning as early as mid-October. Of course, for families that aren’t yet ready to start bringing their students back to school, distance learning will remain an option.

While cases have begun to level out, it’s important to remember that we still have more work to do. As we’ve done for months, NOLA-PS will continue partnering with local community health experts to monitor the latest health data trends. Families should know that if the current health data trends change at all, NOLA-PS is prepared to respond accordingly to prioritize the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff. To keep our school community safe, the district maintains the authority to close any school building and revert to distance learning at any point if it becomes necessary. We encourage families to stay in close touch with schools in the weeks and months ahead, and visit nolapublicschools.com/roadmap to read our comprehensive Roadmap to Reopening for more information.

To our young learners that are going back to classrooms starting next week, I just have one message: WELCOME BACK!

And to our community at large, I’ll leave you with this: the decisions we make together will affect each and every one of the 45,000 students that make up NOLA-PS. We’ve all done our part up to this moment - now we just need to keep up the good work. Together, we can do this.

In Service,

Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.
Superintendent, NOLA Public Schools


External Resources

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

2401 Westbend Parkway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520

Hotline Number for Parents
504-527-KIDS

School-based issues or concerns during normal business hours

24-hour Hotline Number for Community
504-522-HELP
District based community concerns, feedback, & inquiries after-hours support