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04-16-2020 ~ Frequently Asked Questions - Update!
Posted 4/14/20

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID19

**UPDATED APRIL 15, 2020**

 

1.  When will schools reopen?

 

By proclamation of the Governor, schools are closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

 

2.  Is the school district providing distance learning?

 

Yes.  Assignments are provided through an enhanced school-specific distance learning platform, which can be accessed at www.tpsd.org by following the “Online Learning Resources” link.

 

For students that do not have internet access at home and cannot access the online resources, paper learning packets are available at Southdown Elementary School and South Terrebonne High School. New two-week packets will be available on April 20, May 4, and May 18.

 

Beginning Monday, April 6, on HTV Channel 10, there will be an education hour called “Terrebonne Teacher Time” daily at 3:30 pm. These lessons are aimed at younger children and will be given by our own teachers. New lessons will air each Monday.

 

3.  Are the distance learning on-line assignments and the paper learning packets the same?

 

The distance learning on-line assignments and paper learning packets are similar. The paper learning packets are being provided for those families without internet access at home.  If you can access the on-line materials, we encourage you to do that rather than picking up packets, and stay at home.

 

4.  Are assignments going to be turned in and graded?

 

No, these assignments are not mandatory and will not be graded. They are intended as educational resources for families. During this crisis, additional stress is not needed.

 

5.  How do I get support for my child with his/her work?

 

We encourage you to email your child's teacher with specific questions or set up a phone call or video conference using Google Hangout if you have internet access.  Teacher emails can be found on the school's webpage.  If teacher emails are not on the school website, all emails consist of teacher first and last name followed by @tpsd.org.  If you have any problems with contacting teachers, please email your principal.  

 

6.  How will final grades be determined?

 

To provide the most generous outcome for students, the 4th grading period grade will be the highest grade of the completed 3 grading periods. The final grade will be the average of these 4 grading periods.

 

Examples:

 

1ST 9 Weeks

2nd 9 Weeks

3rd 9 Weeks

4th 9 Weeks (highest of previous 3 grades)

Final Grade

A

B

B

A

A

B

C

B

B

B

D

D

C

C

C

A

C

D

A

B

 

 

7.  Will this period of closure stop my senior from graduating?

 

No. Any student with passing marks when school closed will graduate, if the student was on track to graduate at the time schools were closed.

 

 

8.  Will this period of closure cause my child to not be promoted?

 

No. Any student who was passing prior to the closure will still be on track to pass.

 

9.  Are meals available?

 

Yes.  Grab-and-Go lunches are available every day from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday, at all 4 high schools. Breakfast for the next morning will be included with each lunch beginning Monday, April 20, 2020.

 

10.  Will LEAP tests be given this year?

No.

 

11.Will graduation ceremonies take place?

 

Yes!  Due to the extension of school closures through the end of the school year, all graduations have been postponed. We know this is a special time for our seniors and their families, so we will have graduation ceremonies. New dates will depend on the health of our community. 

 

12.  Will we have prom?

 

As of now, all high schools have postponed prom. We will make a decision about dates depending on the health of our community.

 

13.  What is the status of other activities like spring sports, or cheer and dance tryouts?

 

There are no activities happening while schools are closed. All spring sports have been canceled by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.  Dance and cheer tryouts are postponed until further notice.

 

14.  What do I do if my child needs a work permit?

 

In response to the current COVID-19 event per La. R.S. 23:184.1, the 1Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) will begin issuing sixty (60) day blanket Employment Certificates for employers desiring to employ minors in the State of Louisiana. For more information, visit net or email laborprograms@lwc.la.gov

 

15.  How can I get updated information?

 

We are posting regular updates to our website, www.tpsd.org, and to our official TPSB Facebook page. You should also be receiving phone calls concerning updates and changes if you are a parent.