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Students and Families Across New Orleans Joined NOLA-PS and Cox Communications in “Making Some Noise” to Thank Teachers Amid Pandemic.

Click here to access video compilation of participation
Click here to access Mayor Cantrell’s video message to teachers
 
NEW ORLEANS – (May 5, 2020) - To honor teachers for their dedication amid the COVID-19 pandemic, New Orleans Public Schools (NOLA-PS) launched the #NOLAMorningBell Campaign in partnership with Cox Communications. This morning at 9 a.m., students, families and community members joined NOLA-PS to ring the ‘Morning Bell’ and make some noise to celebrate educators.

The #NOLAMorningBell’ campaign was inspired by those in New York City cheering for the doctors and frontline workers every evening during this unprecedented time; today at 9 a.m., in place of the morning school bell, community members around the city were encouraged to celebrate teachers by ringing a bell, banging a pot or cheering loudly. In addition to students and families thanking their educators, Mayor LaToya Cantrell joined the campaign, recording a video on social mediathanking NOLA-PS teachers for their dedication during this trying time.

“Every day teachers are heroes, but now more than ever, the efforts of educators to ensure classrooms remain open and students receive the education and care they need to grow and succeed is something we absolutely must celebrate,” said NOLA-PS Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “Despite being physically distant, the NOLA-PS community came together to make some noise and celebrate those teachers who show up for our students each and every day. I am incredibly grateful for the dedication and commitment of our educators to ensure each student continues to grow during these challenging times.”

The campaign featured a 30 second PSA produced by COX in partnership with NOLA-PS featuring students and thanking teachers for their commitment during this time.

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About NOLA Public Schools: NOLA Public Schools is the public school district for Orleans Parish, which includes the district’s elected school board, known as the Orleans Parish School Board and the district’s administration led by NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. NOLA Public Schools currently oversees 78 public schools. For more information, visit www.nolapublicschools.com.  For updates, follow NOLA Public Schools on Facebook @NOLAPublicSchools, Instagram @nolaps and Twitter @NOLAPSchools.

About Cox Communications : Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We're dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.



Round 2 of OneApp Closes Next Wednesday, May 6; NOLA-PS Partners With Cox Communications To Launch ‘Morning Bell’ Teacher Appreciation Campaign


NEW ORLEANS – (April 30, 2020) - Per Gov. John Bel Edwards’ recent announcement, all NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) facilities will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. This necessary action is an effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 across our city and state. The District will issue updates to the public with developments every Thursday moving forward. Please note what is new and what has previously been shared below.

WHAT’S NEW: 
ROUND 2 OF ONEAPP CLOSES NEXT WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
  Round 2 of OneApp closes next Wednesday, May 6. K-12 families still seeking a new school for next year who did not receive a match in the Main Round may participate in the second round of OneApp. As always, the application process is online-only and available at www.EnrollNOLA.org. Families are strongly encouraged to apply to schools with remaining availability in their child’s grade. Projected availability will also be available at www.EnrollNOLA.org prior to Round 2 opening.

NOLA-PS PARTNERS WITH COX COMMUNICATIONS TO LAUNCH ‘MORNING BELL’ TEACHER APPRECIATION CAMPAIGN
In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, NOLA-PS and Cox Communications are partnering to launch “NOLA Morning Bell,” a campaign to thank our incredible teachers for all their hard work in supporting student learning and development during this unprecedented time.

On Tuesday, May 5 at 9 a.m., NOLA-PS and Cox Communications are inviting all New Orleans residents to join in and thank our amazing teachers by ringing a bell, banging a pan, clapping their hands and making some noise to salute our teachers. Those who plan to join NOLA-PS and Cox Communications in celebrating our teachers, should share their videos and salutes on social media using the tag #NOLAMorningBell.

PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING: 

CONTINUOUS LEARNING – COX COMMUNICATIONS EXTENDS CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE OFFER FOR CONNECT2COMPETE WITH FREE SERVICE FOR STUDENTS UNTIL JULY 15
Recognizing that students will remain home to finish out the school year, Cox has extended free Connect2Compete service, the company’s low-cost internet offer for families with a K-12 student at home until Wednesday, July 15. Remote service support is also extended to ensure ease of implementation while students continue to learn at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. Customers that sign-up between now and May 15 are eligible for this offer and will receive free service until July 15.

The Cox Connect2Compete program is available to families who:

  • Have at least one child that is a K-12 student at home.
  • Participate in one of these government subsidies programs: The National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF or Public Housing.
  • Are not a current Cox Internet customer.

Families can qualify for Connect2Compete by visiting www.cox.com/c2c

CHILD NUTRITION
Since Monday, March 16, approximately 766,107 meals and counting have been served to students in Orleans Parish.
  Citywide Feeding Program Schedule:
  • Every Monday, meals will be provided for two days.  
  •  Every Wednesday, meals will be provided for three days.
  • Community Feeding sites will NOT be open on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
  •  Service Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Families wishing to access information on child nutrition resources should visit the District’s webpage at https://nolapublicschools.com/covid19/nutrition. This webpage has the most up-to-date listing of where food services are available.

Students over 18 that are enrolled in public K-12 schools, including students with disabilities through age 22, are also eligible for free meals at open sites. 

  • Students do not need to be present to receive meals. Parents or caregivers may pick up meals on behalf of the students within their household.
  • Child nutrition resources are available to those under 18 years of age and those who currently attend a public school.
Students who are over 18 years of age and are currently enrolled in public schools will also be allowed to access the community feeding programming. Schools will be contacting those families directly to ensure they are aware of the services available to them.  

COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER WEBPAGE:
The NOLA-PS website has been updated to share important information and resources related to COVID-19 for community members. The community resource center includes distance learning resources for families, as well as links to local agencies and non-profits that are providing critical services and updates on the coronavirus. There are also mental and behavioral health resources to support students, educators and community members through this difficult time. We will continue to update this page as we learn of resources that may be valuable to community members.

The page also serves as a way to connect with community members that are looking for ways to support students and schools. The District is coordinating the collection of resources for schools such as sanitation supplies, educational materials, and various technology needs. If you are looking for information on giving donations, please email donations@nolapublicschools.com or contact 504-430-5311.

To access the NOLA-PS community webpage, visit https://nolapublicschools.com/community
To access distance learning resources webpage, visit https://www.nolapublicschools.com/distance-learning-resources

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ABOUT NOLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: NOLA Public Schools is the public school district for Orleans Parish, which includes the district’s elected school board, known as the Orleans Parish School Board and the district’s administration led by NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. NOLA Public Schools currently oversees 78 public schools. For more information, visit www.nolapublicschools.com. For updates, follow NOLA Public Schools on Facebook @NOLAPublicSchools, Instagram @nolapsand Twitter @NOLAPSchools

 NEW ORLEANS – (April 29, 2020)  - NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) has announced that meal distribution at its city-wide feeding sites will be delayed an hour this morning due to the inclement weather. Distribution will begin at 10 a.m. this morning, instead of 9 a.m. We thank the public for understanding as we ensure our staff at sites remain safe until the storms pass. Since Monday, March 16, approximately 660,000 meals and counting have been served to students in Orleans Parish.

Citywide Feeding Program Schedule:
• Every Monday, meals will be provided for two days.
• Every Wednesday, meals will be provided for three days.
• Community Feeding sites will NOT be open on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
• Service Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
• Families wishing to access information on child nutrition resources should visit the District’s webpage at https://nolapublicschools.com/covid19/nutrition. This webpage has the most up-to-date listing of where food services are available.

Students over 18 that are enrolled in public K-12 schools, including students with disabilities through age 22, are also eligible for free meals at open sites. 
• Students do not need to be present to receive meals. Parents or caregivers may pick up meals on behalf of the students within their household.
• Child nutrition resources are available to those under 18 years of age and those who currently attend a public school.
• Students who are over 18 years of age and are currently enrolled in public schools will also be allowed to access the community feeding programming. Schools will be contacting those families directly to ensure they are aware of the services available to them.  


Superintendent Henderson Lewis Invites NOLA Community, Anyone Who Loves a Teacher to ‘Ring a Bell, Bang a Pan and Make Some Noise’ to Salute Teachers on Tuesday, May 5 at 9 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS – (April 30, 2020) - As NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) continues to provide critical resources and help to students and families adjusting to distance-learning in the age of COVID-19, our teachers have been there every step of the way. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, NOLA-PS and Cox Communications are partnering to launch the “NOLA Morning Bell,” campaign to thank our incredible teachers for all their hard work in supporting student learning and development during this unprecedented time.

On Tuesday, May 5 at 9 a.m., NOLA-PS and Cox Communications are inviting all New Orleans residents to join in and thank our amazing teachers by ringing a bell, banging a pan, clapping their hands and making some noise to salute our teachers. The campaign was inspired by those in New York City cheering for the doctors and frontline workers every evening. Those who plan to join NOLA-PS and Cox in celebrating our teachers, should share their videos and salutes on social media using the tag #NOLAMorningBell.

 "Every morning our teachers have been working hard to keep classrooms open virtually for 45,000 students throughout Orleans Parish; amid these unprecedented times that have forced school closures and all of us to be apart, that is something you better believe we will make some noise and celebrate,” said NOLA-PS Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “Though classrooms may look a bit different, the coursework remains the same thanks to the dedication efforts of our teachers and schools. I want to extend my immense gratitude to all of the educators in the parish and I hope that all New Orleanians and surrounding Parishes can join me in celebrating all our incredible teachers on Tuesday, May 5 at 9 a.m.”

 “Now more than ever, teachers are going above and beyond to make sure students in the New Orleans metropolitan area are able to continue learning in new and exciting ways,” said Kevin Monroe, COX Communications Vice President for the New Orleans market. “We’re thrilled to partner with NOLA-PS for this #NOLAMorningBell initiative, and we’re thankful to Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr., for coming up with this great idea to recognize area teachers for their hard work. At Cox, we’ll continue to focus on providing our customers, and K-12 students and teachers in particular, with the tools necessary to close the digital divide.”

 With support from Cox Communications, this campaign will launch with a 30-second public service announcement featuring NOLA educators to air on Cox cross-channel stations beginning on Friday, May 1.

 ABOUT NOLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: NOLA Public Schools is the public school district for Orleans Parish, which includes the district’s elected school board, known as the Orleans Parish School Board and the district’s administration led by NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. NOLA Public Schools currently oversees 78 public schools. For more information, visit  www.nolapublicschools.com. For updates, follow NOLA Public Schools on Facebook @NOLAPublicSchools, Instagram @nolaps and Twitter @NOLAPSchools.

 About Cox Communications : Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We're dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.



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Cox Extends Free Service for Students Until July 15

 
NEW ORLEANS – (April 23, 2020) - Per Gov. John Bel Edwards’ recent announcement, all NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) facilities will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. This necessary action is an effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 across our city and state. The District will issue updates to the public with developments every Thursday moving forward. Please note what is new and what has previously been shared below.   
  
WHAT’S NEW:  

CONTINUOUS LEARNING – COX COMMUNICATIONS EXTENDS CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE OFFER FOR CONNECT2COMPETE WITH FREE SERVICE FOR STUDENTS UNTIL JULY 15

Recognizing that students will remain home to finish out the school year, Cox has extended free Connect2Compete service, the company’s low-cost internet offer for families with a K-12 student at home until Wednesday, July 15. Remote service support is also extended to ensure ease of implementation while students continue to learn at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. Customers that sign-up between now and May 15 are eligible for this offer and will receive free service until July 15.

The Cox Connect2Compete program is available to families who:
• Have at least one child that is a K-12 student at home.
• Participate in one of these government subsidies programs: The National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF or Public Housing.
• Are not a current Cox Internet customer.

Families can qualify for Connect2Compete by visiting www.cox.com/c2c.

PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING:  

CHILD NUTRITION

Since Monday, March 16, approximately 660,000 meals and counting have been served to students in Orleans Parish.

Citywide Feeding Program Schedule:
• Every Monday, meals will be provided for two days.
• Every Wednesday, meals will be provided for three days.
• Community Feeding sites will NOT be open on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
• Service Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
• Families wishing to access information on child nutrition resources should visit the District’s webpage at https://nolapublicschools.com/covid19/nutrition. This webpage has the most up-to-date listing of where food services are available.

Students over 18 that are enrolled in public K-12 schools, including students with disabilities through age 22, are also eligible for free meals at open sites. 
• Students do not need to be present to receive meals. Parents or caregivers may pick up meals on behalf of the students within their household.
• Child nutrition resources are available to those under 18 years of age and those who currently attend a public school.
• Students who are over 18 years of age and are currently enrolled in public schools will also be allowed to access the community feeding programming. Schools will be contacting those families directly to ensure they are aware of the services available to them.  

ROUND 2 OF ONEAPP REMAINS OPEN:
Round 2 of OneApp is currently open. K-12 families still seeking a new school for next year who did not receive a match in the Main Round may participate in the second round of OneApp. As always, the application process is online-only and available at www.EnrollNOLA.org. Families are strongly encouraged to apply to schools with remaining availability in their child’s grade. Projected availability will also be available at www.EnrollNOLA.org prior to Round 2 opening. Round 2 will close Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER WEBPAGE:
The NOLA-PS website has been updated to share important information and resources related to COVID-19 for community members. The community resource center includes distance learning resources for families, as well as links to local agencies and non-profits that are providing critical services and updates on the coronavirus. There are also mental and behavioral health resources to support students, educators and community members through this difficult time. We will continue to update this page as we learn of resources that may be valuable to community members.

The page also serves as a way to connect with community members that are looking for ways to support students and schools. The District is coordinating the collection of resources for schools such as sanitation supplies, educational materials, and various technology needs. If you are looking for information on giving donations, please email donations@nolapublicschools.com or contact 504-430-5311.

To access the NOLA-PS community webpage, visit https://nolapublicschools.com/community
To access distance learning resources webpage, visit https://www.nolapublicschools.com/distance-learning-resources
   
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ABOUT NOLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS: NOLA Public Schools is the public school district for Orleans Parish, which includes the district’s elected school board, known as the Orleans Parish School Board and the district’s administration led by NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr. NOLA Public Schools currently oversees 78 public schools. For more information, visit www.nolapublicschools.com. For updates, follow NOLA Public Schools on Facebook @NOLAPublicSchools, Instagram @nolaps and Twitter @NOLAPSchools.

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