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Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community,

After closing the book on a school year unlike any other, we’ve been hard at work preparing for our return to school in August. For months we have been listening to our community, hearing from students, teachers, and parents who all have questions about what their routines will look like this fall as our city and country continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. And just last week, we released our Roadmap to Reopening NOLA Public Schools.

As a father and educator, I know just how important it is that students and teachers safely return to school buildings this fall. Schools are special and dynamic places that are critical to the growth and development of our children. With this in mind, we developed our Roadmap to prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and families; maximize in-person student learning; provide flexibility to meet the varied needs of families; and provide consistency across our schools. The plan was informed by the NOLA-Public Schools Reopening Task Force; the findings of our community stakeholder survey; close coordination with our school leaders and essential stakeholders; and local, state, and federal health guidelines.

This coming school year, schools will offer a mix of in-person and distance learning, based upon the status of the City of New Orleans’ reopening phases and specific health and safety guidelines set by the Louisiana Department of Education. As a system of schools, we have prioritized in-person learning whenever possible, especially for our youngest learners in grades PreK -to 4th grade. Any family who does not feel comfortable returning to school for in-person learning will have the option to learn from home. We learned a lot this past spring about what works – and doesn’t work – in a distance setting, and these lessons position our schools to provide strong instructional programming both in-person and at a distance.

In addition to the plan for reopening detailed in the Roadmap, we will provide a series of resources to support schools and families in preparing for the 2020-21 school year. This additional guidance will include a school operations toolkit, distance learning resources and specialized guidance for diverse learners.

Together as a community, we must work to mitigate risks to our students and teachers as we return to school buildings. At school, this means that everyone will be required to wear face coverings, schools will perform temperature checks upon arrival, social distancing measures will be observed as needed, and all schools will participate in enhanced cleaning of classrooms, facilities, and buses. We will also ask everyone to stay at home if they are sick, exhibiting symptoms, or have close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.

We recognize that planning for reopening in this “new normal” will not be easy. We also know that this past spring was not easy either, and I am grateful to our educators and parents for their heroic efforts to support students. School closures were extremely disruptive to families, and our educators were forced to learn a new way of teaching overnight on top of all the other stressors presented by COVID-19. Our educators are essential to helping our community move forward in the face of this crisis, and we are committed to doing all we can at NOLA-PS to support them this coming school year.

The 2020-21 school year will be different. And we must be prepared to adjust and respond as needed at any given moment. We know we are asking more of our educators and families. But with our community’s cooperation and shared sacrifice, together we will help our children thrive.

In Service,

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

Dear Members of the NOLA-PS Community,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our community has rallied together to ensure our students and educators are safe and healthy, and that learning could continue. Now, as we complete this school year and look towards the next, we know that many of you have questions and concerns about what school may look like and how students and staff will be safe.

We are taking a measured approach to this pandemic: Rapid Response, Assessment, Re-entry Planning, and Implementation. We are now in the Re-entry planning phase, which started last week with the launch of a Re-Opening Task Force. Through this group, along with our entire community, NOLA-PS is working hand in hand with school leaders, educators, parents, and health experts on developing the Roadmap to Reopening and planning for every possible scenario for how schools can reopen safely.

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.

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.

Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

During this turbulent time, I hope you are all staying healthy, being safe, and falling into a steady routine. For me and my daughter, a high school senior, our routine has helped us retain a sense of normalcy in a world that feels anything but.

Each day my daughter and more than 45,000 other students in New Orleans are participating in school from afar. While the classroom may look different, coursework is continuing thanks to the herculean efforts of our teachers and schools. I want to extend my immense gratitude to all of the educators in the parish for their unwavering commitment during this challenging time.


Dear NOLA-PS Community Members,

I would like to share some important messages with you as we enter the first week of citywide school closures. First, I want to say that we at NOLA Public Schools hope that each and every one of you are well, and that you are listening to and responding appropriately to the directions of our Mayor and city agencies with regards to everyday healthy practices and social distancing. It is crucially important that we all do what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.

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