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I had the good fortune to be there the day our youngest learners began to safely return to the classroom and reunite with their teachers and friends. It was an incredible moment and one I won’t soon forget. Since then, our community has continued to hold strong and take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of everyone in our school community, it’s time to begin the next step in our return to in-person learning - and that means getting our older students back to the classroom. That’s why I couldn’t be more excited to announce that as long as health data remains steady, starting next Monday, the 12th, district schools will begin once again opening up their doors to students in 5th - 12th grade. This is a day that has been months in the making - made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of teachers, students, families and NOLA-PS staff.

Similarly to when we began allowing our younger learners back to school, we are taking a measured approach, with a hybrid model that will combine in-person and virtual learning. Individual schools have already begun reaching out to families to announce their specific reopening plans, and more will begin sending notices in the coming days with individualized reopening dates and schedules that vary based on school class size, and available facilities. As we’ve said all along, health and safety are our top priority, which is why we are taking this deliberate and measured approach to our return to the classroom. Our schools have done an exceptional job maintaining strong health and safety standards to date, and we will continue working together to ensure that these standards are maintained as we enter the next chapter of our Roadmap to Reopening.

Before embarking on the return to in-person learning, NOLA-PS launched an acute testing plan to increase the ease, accessibility and frequency of testing for our school community. Thanks to that program, our students and staff are being given front-line service to COVID-19 testing if they are experiencing symptoms - a crucial part of our efforts to track the virus and keep our community as safe and healthy as possible. Testing sites have recently become available directly at some of our schools, providing even more direct access to safe and effective testing. We’re working to expand our testing program even further in the coming weeks, while continuing to take additional steps to stop the spread of the virus, including requiring face coverings, performing temperature checks, and enhanced cleaning of our classrooms, facilities and buses.

Let’s all continue to do our part to keep this momentum going, and stay on the path reuniting students, teachers, peers, teammates and mentors across all of our NOLA Public Schools. To our older students - I hope to see you in class starting next week!

Together, we can do this.

In Service,

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

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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