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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Posted April 24, 2020

 

Caddo will continue feeding students at our 18 district sites on Monday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All sites will remain the same as previous weeks with the exception of Turner Elementary/Middle School. Families going to Turner for meals will be redirected to Huntington High School while construction at Turner is underway.

 

Posted April 20, 2020

Consistent with Caddo Schools’ Do No Harm Philosophy, Caddo has released information to parents regarding grading procedures tied to the fourth nine weeks of instruction.

The information released to parents can be found here: Letter to Families Grading Procedures.

Posted April 16, 2020

 

Public Notice: Notice is hereby given that the Caddo Parish School Board shall hold its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:30 P.M. The meeting will be held via video/telephone conference. This meeting will be available for viewing on Zoom at the following link: https://zoom.us/j/91518949911.

Public comments may be submitted to the Caddo Parish School Board by submitting comments as follows: By placing comments in Zoom by raising their hand using CPSB-Public Zoom instructions. Written public comments submitted before 3:30 P.M. on April 21, 2020 by email to mwood@caddoschools.org will be read aloud during the public comment period of the meeting. Written public comments shall be limited to three (3) minutes of read time and should include the person’s full name and address.

CERTIFICATION OF INABILITY TO OPERATE DUE TO LACK OF QUORUM In accordance with Executive Proclamations JBE 2020-30 and 2020-33, issued by Governor John Bel Edwards on March 16, 2020 and March 22, 2020, respectively, this notice shall serve as a certification of the Caddo Parish School Board’s inability to otherwise operate in accordance with the Louisiana Open Meetings Law due to a lack of a quorum as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Pursuant to Section 4 of JBE 2020-30, the Caddo Parish School Board will provide for attendance at its next meeting, which is an essential governmental meeting, on April 21, 2020, via video/telephone conference. Considering the foregoing, and in accordance with Proclamation Numbers JBE 2020-30 and JBE 2020-33, the Caddo Parish School Board meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 4:30 P.M. will be held via video/telephone conference and in a manner that allows for observation and input by members of the public, as set forth in this Notice.

 

Posted April 15, 2020

On Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards formally announced the closure of district facilities through the remainder of the school year.

In adhering to the guidance offered by the proclamation, all Caddo schools and sites will remain closed through the rest of the school year. While facilities are closed, the district will continue with online instruction and essential programs such as food service for students and social-emotional supports.

“We thank Gov. Edwards for working with school districts to place the safety of our students, staff, and families first,” said Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools. “Our priority throughout this pandemic has been to provide the highest quality academic resources to our students along with access to nutritious meals. We also know the social and emotional needs of our students do not stop because our buildings are closed. For our students and families, we have created a website where you can learn about community programs and services designed to meet your specific needs. Our doors may be closed, but Caddo stands ready to support our students, staff and families.”

Students will continue to complete assignments from their teachers for the remainder of the school year through the district’s Caddo Home Learning virtual platform. The platform has garnered attention from the Louisiana Department of Education for its ability to connect students and teachers using top-rated curriculum. Students will be accountable for completion of all assigned work.

As assignments are completed teachers are grading work and providing feedback to students. Students shall not be penalized academically due to their inability to access devices, the internet or academic resources. Additionally, teachers and administrators will maintain office hours to answer questions from students and families regarding classwork.

“This is a critical step to protect public safety,” said Gov. Edwards in his briefing announcing the decision to close school buildings. “It was not a decision made lightly and not something we wanted to do, but one we felt we must do in the interest of public safety. While students will not be at the school building, I fully expect instruction and learning will continue.”

For graduating seniors, the district has secured the dates of July 27-August 1 at the Shreveport Convention Center in the event school systems are allowed to move forward with graduation ceremonies. Caddo does not know at this time what social distancing guidelines will be required by late July; however, the safety of students, staff, and families is of the utmost importance.

The district will communicate with families in the coming weeks regarding end-of-year needs including returning devices used at home for instruction, textbooks and the collection of any personal items which remain at school sites.

Currently, it is the intent of Caddo Schools to begin the 2020-2021 school year as planned on August 10 with all teachers returning to work on August 6.

As this is a difficult time for many students and families, the district has created a resource page, Caddo Cares, which provides access to mental health agencies with telehealth capabilities as well as tips to support mental health while in this time of social distancing.

Posted April 14, 2020

Public Notice: Notice is hereby given that the Caddo Parish School Board shall hold its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held via video/telephone conference.

This meeting will be available for viewing on Zoom at the following link:
https://zoom.us/j/91518949911.

Public comments may be submitted to the Caddo Parish School Board by submitting comments as follows: By placing comments in Zoom by raising their hand using CPSB-Public Zoom instructions. Written public comments submitted before 3:30 p.m. on April 21, 2020 by email to mwood@caddoschools.org will be read aloud during the public comment period of the meeting. Written public comments shall be limited to three (3) minutes of read time and should include the individual’s full name and address.

CERTIFICATION OF INABILITY TO OPERATE DUE TO LACK OF QUORUM]

In accordance with Executive Proclamations JBE 2020-30 and 2020-33, issued by Governor John Bel Edwards on March 16, 2020 and March 22, 2020, respectively, this notice shall serve as a certification of the Caddo Parish School Board’s inability to otherwise operate in accordance with the Louisiana Open Meetings Law due to a lack of a quorum as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Pursuant to Section 4 of JBE 2020-30, the Caddo Parish School Board will provide for attendance at its next meeting, which is an essential governmental meeting, on April 21, 2020, via video/telephone conference.

Considering the foregoing, and in accordance with Proclamation Numbers JBE 2020-30 and JBE 2020-33, the Caddo Parish School Board meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 4:30 P.M. will be held via video/telephone conference and in a manner that allows for observation and input by members of the public, as set forth in this Notice.

Posted April 9, 2020

Today, Dr. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools, sent a letter to the Senior Class of 2020 to state May graduations will not be able to go on as scheduled. The district is currently working to finalize dates in late July in order to continue with commencement exercises.

Posted April 2, 2020

Today Governor John Bel Edwards extended his stay-at-home guidelines to require schools to remain closed through April 30. Learning will continue through Caddo’s virtual learning platform.

 

Posted March 30, 2020

Beginning today and continuing through April 1, school sites will be open to allow for families to check out devices to allow students to continue learning through Caddo’s virtual learning platform.

In addition, assignments for students will be uploaded to Caddo Home Learning beginning today. Please check assignments and work with your child’s teacher(s) regarding any questions or concerns.

 

Today, our district served more than 46,000 meals as part of our now weekly food service program. We are grateful to our Child Nutrition team and to our community volunteers who worked with district staff to make this vision a reality.

Posted March 26, 2020

Special COVID-19 Blanket Employment Certificates for Minors to work in Louisiana

In response to the current COVID-19 event, pursuant to La. R.S. 23:184.1 the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) will begin issuing sixty (60) day blanket Employment Certificates for employers desiring to employ minors in the State of Louisiana. Employment Certificates issued due to this event shall expire sixty (60) days from the date of issuance.   Upon expiration, employers will be required to obtain Employment Certificates as required pursuant to La. R.S. 23:181 et. seq.

Employers desiring to obtain an Employment Certificate pursuant to this memorandum must submit a completed and signed “Application to Employ Minors under 18” along with proof of age to laborprograms@lwc.la.gov.  The application can be downloaded from the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website or by copying and pasting the following web address into your web browser: http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/WFD/MinorApplicationToEmployForm.pdf.  Incomplete applications will not be processed. Employers should allow three (3) days for processing.

When the application has been approved, the employer will be notified via email from the LWC Office of Workforce Development. The names of those minors who are approved to work pursuant to the Employment Certificate will also be attached to the email. As indicated, blanket Employment Certificates are effective for a maximum of sixty (60) days.  Blanket Employment Certificates are not transferable. Certificates are required to be kept at the minor’s work location.

Any questions or concerns regarding this memorandum should be directed to laborprograms@lwc.la.gov.

Posted March 24, 2020

On Monday, March 30, Caddo’s Child Nutrition staff will resume breakfast and lunch meal service with modifications to limit contact and decrease risk for both students and staff.

At 18 sites, staff will have eight meals prepared for each child to collect for the week. The meal packages will include five breakfasts and three lunches. Meals will be distributed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday at the following sites:

  1. Blanchard Elementary
  2. C.E. Byrd High
  3. Caddo Heights Elementary
  4. Caddo Magnet High
  5. Caddo Middle Magnet
  6. Captain Shreve High
  7. J. S. Clark Elementary
  8. Fair Park Middle
  9. Keithville Elementary/Middle
  10. North Caddo Elementary/Middle
  11. Northside Elementary
  12. Ridgewood Middle
  13. Southern Hills Elementary
  14. Turner Elem/Middle
  15. University Elementary
  16. Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle
  17. Westwood Elementary
  18. Woodlawn High

This revised meal program allows the district to continue meal service while limiting contact. The district’s plan has been reviewed by state officials and approved to proceed. Additionally, the district has requested adequate protective supplies from state offices such as masks for workers as part of distribution efforts.

 

Posted March 22, 2020

In response to Gov. Edwards’ stay-at-home order,  Caddo Schools will not be offering grab-and-go meals this week.

Our district takes the safety of our students and staff seriously and has agreed to only provide food services as long as the safety of participants could be guaranteed. With the growing rate of spread of COVID-19, we must take every precaution to protect our students and staff. Caddo urges all stakeholders to limit outside interactions and to heed the governor’s advisements.

The district will continue to assess conditions to determine the earliest possible time at which we can resume food service.

In addition, all Central Office sites will now be closed in addition to our school sites.

It is imperative for every entity to do its part to flatten the curve for the sake of our community.

 

Posted March 19, 2020

In response to needs of our medical community partners, Caddo Schools provided more than 43,000 surgical gloves and upwards of 2,500 masks to Willis Knighton Health System.

The masks and gloves come at a time where healthcare systems are seeing an increased need for basic supplies and inventory is starting to run low across the nation.

Caddo is grateful for the opportunity to help our medical community during this difficult time.

 

Posted March 16, 2020

Posted at 3:42 p.m.: Following the first day of food service for families following the closure of public schools statewide, Caddo Parish Public Schools is modifying sites and hours of service to better meet family needs.

Beginning Tuesday, 23 sites will now provide breakfast and lunch. These sites include the addition of Southern Hills Elementary School and changes sites at Herndon Magnet School and Jack P. Timmons Elementary School to Mooringsport Elementary and Blanchard Elementary respectively. This is in order to put locations in closer proximity to families in the northern part of the parish.

Also, families will be able to grab-and-go meals for both breakfast and lunch at the time they come to any feeding site. Meals will be provided on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. During these times, staff will be available to provide bagged meals at the main entrance of the designated schools. Families will not need to enter the school buildings or even exit the car as part of the site protocols.

These modifications will allow the district to better serve school-aged children to ensure they receive nutritious meals each day.

The following sites will serve as feeding sites from March 17-April 13:

  • Blanchard Elementary School
  • Caddo Middle Magnet School
  • Caddo Heights Elementary School
  • E. Byrd High School
  • Caddo Magnet High School
  • Captain Shreve High School
  • Cherokee Park Elementary School
  • Fair Park Middle School
  • Green Oaks High School
  • S. Clark Elementary School
  • Judson Magnet School
  • Keithville Elementary/Middle School
  • Mooringsport Elementary School
  • North Caddo Elementary/Middle School
  • Northwood High School
  • Oak Park Elementary School
  • Ridgewood Middle School
  • Southern Hills Elementary School
  • Turner Elementary/Middle School
  • University Elementary School
  • Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School
  • Westwood Elementary School
  • Woodlawn High School

 

How Does Grab and Go Work?

The “grab and go” meal service is intended to help families who depend on our School Nutrition program for meals.

  • When you arrive at the meal pickup location that is most convenient for you, Child Nutrition staff will be waiting at the front entrance of the building.
  • Go to staff and ask for a meal.  The meal will be packaged in a bag.
  • The meal will be provided to children (age 18 and younger) free-of-charge.
  • You should plan to take the meal with you – there will not be a place to eat on-site.
  • You may pick up a meal at any of the 23 locations, regardless of where you live or attend school.

 

Posted 11:00 a.m.: The local NAACP and Comcast are joining forces to provide free internet access to Shreveport residents who may have to work from home due to the coronavirus.

President of the Shreveport Branch of the NAACP Lloyd Thompson and Senior Director of External Affairs for Comcast Ronnie Colvin announced Monday morning that all residents will receive free Xfinity WiFi for 60 days.

Colvin said whether you or a Comcast customer or not you will have access to free internet service for two months.

The announcement comes as the district prepares to launch virtual learning opportunities for students throughout the district.

 

Posted March 13, 2020

Posted at 5:47 p.m.: Dr. Goree has announced that we will cancel the ArtBreak Festival due to Governor Bel Edwards’ mandated school closures that will go through Monday, April 13.  We are extremely saddened by this first-ever cancellation of the ArtBreak Festival.  However, we wholeheartedly support all safety measures associated with protecting our community from the CoronaVirus.

On behalf of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and all of the team members who have been working to produce the grandest ArtBreak Festival ever, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude for all of your efforts to participate in ArtBreak.  We appreciate the encouragement you communicate to our region’s young artists at this annual student art showcase.

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council looks forward to a “new day” for ArtBreak in 2021 and thanks you for your continued support, patience, and understanding as we find the best path forward.

 

Posted at 4:39 p.m. While Caddo Parish Public Schools will be closed beginning March 13 and continuing through April 13, the district has established 22 feeding sites throughout the parish to allow school-aged children to continue to receive nutritious meals each day.

Starting Monday, parents will be able to drive up to schools for breakfast and lunch during designated times and bagged meals will be provided for easy pick up. Families will not need to enter the school buildings or even exit the car as part of the site protocols.

Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During these times, staff will be available to provide bagged meals at the main entrance of the designated schools.

“While schools may be closed across our district, we know the needs do not cease,” Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools, said. “We are excited to continue to provide our families with access to healthy, nutritious meals even during these unprecedented times.”

Originally, Dr. Goree had asked staff to be prepared to open feeding sites by March 30. After making that commitment publicly to media partners and families, staff went back and worked diligently to ensure the district would be able to provide services two weeks earlier than anticipated and even through Spring Break.

The following sites will serve as feeding sites from March 16-April 13:

  • Caddo Middle Magnet
  • Caddo Heights Elementary School
  • C.E. Byrd High School
  • Caddo Magnet High School
  • Captain Shreve High School
  • Cherokee Park Elementary School
  • Fair Park Middle School
  • Green Oaks High School
  • Herndon Magnet School
  • Jack P. Timmons Elementary School
  • S. Clark Elementary School
  • Judson Magnet School
  • Keithville Elementary/Middle School
  • North Caddo Elementary/Middle School
  • Northwood High School
  • Oak Park Elementary School
  • Ridgewood Middle School
  • Turner Elementary/Middle School
  • University Elementary School
  • Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School
  • Westwood Elementary School
  • Woodlawn High School

 

Posted at 1:18 p.m. Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a proclamation calling for the closure of all K-12 public schools in the state beginning March 13 and continuing through April 13. Districts are asked to implement emergency procedures for essential services until campuses are able to reopen.

The district will be alerting families of available online educational resources and providing direction to staff in the coming days.

 

Posted at 11:00 a.m. Caddo continues to work closely in collaboration with many of the top medical professionals in our community. Additionally, Dr. Goree met this morning with school principals to provide them information directly from doctors combatting the illness and offering direction on what the district and schools are doing to combat the spread of the virus.

An overview of the information provided to principals can be found here: Coronavirus Guidance Letter.

The letter provides the following direction to principals and staff:

  1. All school and district sponsored travel starting Monday, March 16th will be canceled or postponed until further notice. The district is urging schools to review available refund or credit options to reschedule trips for a later date.
  2. The district is encouraging all departments and schools to not plan any future travel until further notice.
  3. All district and school events will be canceled or postponed until further notice. This includes after school events or programs during the day where the public would be invited to attend. Extended day programs, after school tutoring, and on-campus extra-curricular practices will continue as planned. All high school athletic events will continue as planned pending further LHSAA guidance.
  4. No volunteers will be permitted at schools until further notice.
  5. The district is encouraging teachers and administrators to limit activities outside the classroom.
  6. The district is encouraging departments and schools to transition professional development and other face-to-face meetings that would take place between multiple sites to online webinar formats to limit contact between teams.
  7. We understand that families will need to make choices that are in their best interest. If parents/guardians request to not send students to school, please follow district policy JE – STUDENT ATTENDANCE for direction.
  8. The district will follow policy JHCC – Communicable Diseases for procedures in regard to the return of students to school who have been absent due to COVID-19.
  9. For individuals who are reporting possible COVID-19 illnesses or contacts with potential infected individuals, please email concerns to your immediate supervisor.

This morning Dr. Goree also participated in a meeting of government and nonprofit agencies to discuss ways to address the virus. In that meeting, Dr. Martha Whyte, Regional Director of the Office of Public Health, said there continues to be a single case of the virus in Caddo Parish at this time.

For our families, we are using guidelines from the CDC as a resource to help parents as they discuss the virus with their children.

General principles for talking to children

Remain calm and reassuring.

  • Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.

Make yourself available to listen and to talk.

  • Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.

Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.

  • Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.

Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.

  • Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.

Provide information that is honest and accurate.

  • Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
  • Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.

Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

  • Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
  • Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.
    (e.g., increased handwashing, cancellation of events or activities)
  • Get children into a handwashing habit.
    • Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    • If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.

 

Posted March 12, 2020

The first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Caddo Parish has been confirmed by the Office of Public Health and Governor John Bel Edwards. The patient is not affiliated with Caddo Schools. As the district continues to work to take preventative steps to curb the spread of the virus, a letter will be going home to families outlining not only what the district is doing but ways families can limit the spread of the virus.

The letter can be found here: Coronavirus Update to Families March 12 2020.

 

Posted March 11, 2020

In order to maintain the safety of our students and staff, the district will be reviewing all student and staff travel and evaluating each request on a case-by-case basis. The applies not only to out-of-state travel but in-state travel at this time.

 

Posted March 10, 2020

Due to the recent developments on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Caddo is cancelling all international district-sanctioned travel effective immediately and until further notice. District leadership will work with individual schools and staff to determine potential options for rescheduling. Our biggest concern is the health of our students and Caddo team, and the risk of students or staff becoming ill or quarantined in a foreign country is too great. For students and staff who are currently out of the country, district leadership will work with the Office of Public Health as well as state and local officials to determine any cases which may require self quarantine. Students and staff who are traveling should be aware Caddo will continue to monitor recommendations and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will follow the organizations’ recommendations.

 

Posted March 9, 2020

The safety of our students and staff is our top responsibility. Caddo Schools is in communication with the Louisiana Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.  There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Caddo Parish.

Health officials have shared that the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus are the same preventions recommended for the flu and common cold. As we are still in cold and flu season, we advise you and your student(s) to take these everyday preventive actions that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Stay home and seek appropriate medical attention when you are sick (fever, dry cough, body aches, etc…).
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. The constant rubbing action helps soap break down the grease and dirt that carry most germs. This way, your hands don’t just smell fresh, but you’ll also reduce the germ count on your hands by up to 99%.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing your food, dishes, utensils, and other personal hygiene items.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
  • Avoid shaking hands.

In addition to encouraging employees and families to follow the above preventative actions, we are taking the following additional steps to minimize the chance of an outbreak at one of our schools:

  • Increasing sanitation efforts in our schools and buildings, including restrooms, cafeterias, classrooms, etc.
  • Reporting to a school principal if a current student or staff member has traveled to a country on the CDC’s risk assessed list. Out of an abundance of caution, we request that these students and staff wait for the 14-day incubation period (beginning the day of return to the U.S.) to expire before returning to school or work.
  • Asking new families who register whether the student has traveled internationally within the last two weeks. Out of an abundance of caution, we request that any students who’ve traveled to a country on the CDC’s risk assessed list wait for the 14-day incubation period (beginning the day of return to the U.S.) to expire before enrolling in school.
  • Monitoring absences daily.
  • Permitting already scheduled out-of-state trips, but until further notice, limiting new out-of-state travel for student field trips, competitions, etc.
  • Intentionally and persistently combating stigma. As new information emerges, it’s important we remember that the risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected to race, ethnicity, or nationality.

As this is an ongoing situation, the CDC updates its online resources daily. These can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Caddo will continue to monitor the situation and update you if we have more information.