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A Letter From LPSS- “We Recognize That School Closures Will Create Challenges for Our Families and Our Community”

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards has announced the closure of all K-12 Louisiana public schools
beginning on Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 13, 2020, as Louisiana seeks to slow the spread of
COVID-19 in the state. All field trips, school events, and activities are also cancelled.

We recognize that school closures will create challenges for our families and our community, but we also
recognize our responsibility to address this public health concern and limit exposure.

As a school district, our first priority continues to be the health and well-being of our students, teachers,
and staff members. Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS) has been proactive in its decisions to increase
awareness regarding virus prevention and COVID-19 within our school system. Public health officials
continue to advise that social distancing is the most effective strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For families who need to retrieve their essential student medication, our schools will be open on
Monday, March 16, 2020. A schedule detailing when nurses will be at schools will be available on our
website for these families. No other students should report to campus Monday.

The Academics Department is prepared and capable of providing online educational opportunities, as
this enrichment can only benefit our students. LPSS has a variety of technology resources already
available and plans to leverage these tools during this me. Our Academics Department will work to
ensure that we provide graduating seniors every opportunity to meet requirements for earning course
credits in order to earn a diploma. Additional information regarding academic support and resources will
be forthcoming.

We are in regular contact with local and state officials to ensure we address the needs of our school
communities, and we will be working in partnership with the state on what this extended closure means
for our district calendar.

We appreciate your support and understanding of this decision. Keep in mind that this is a very unique
and fluid situation not only for our district, but also the entire country. We will continue to monitor
developments and keep students and families apprised. In order to do so, it is important to remain
informed from this primary source – the Lafayette Parish School System. In order to do so, we urge
parents to make sure that we have your current contact information on file by vising

In an effort to ensure that our stakeholders are receiving updated and accurate informaon, we
encourage our community to rely on LPSS releases that will be disseminated via the LPSS website and the official LPSS Facebook page
In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to follow CDC guidelines as a precautionary measure to
prevent any further spread of this virus. If you are able, please offer support to friends and neighbors.
Small moments of kindness, grace, and support will go a long way as we navigate our collective response
to this situation.

We will continue to keep our students and families informed of the developments and next steps.
Updates will be provided by 4pm each Friday.