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Family Updates

March 15, 2022


Dear KNOS Families,

It was so great to see so many of you out and about celebrating Mardi Gras break with a sense of normalcy. Our bands from Frederick A. Douglass High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Booker T. Washington High School, KIPP East and KIPP Leadership sounded great as they marched in over 25 parades – leaving their mark on Mardi Gras 2022.

We were thrilled to welcome students and staff back to campuses and are excited about the spring festivities and activities that lie ahead. As we gear up for the final few months of the year, we write to share the following reminders and updates.

Report Card Conferences

With the 3rd academic quarter of the year ending on Friday, March 18, mark your calendars for upcoming report card conferences on April 6-7. Family conferences will serve as an important opportunity to connect with your KIPPsters’ teachers to discuss their progress, celebrate successes, and align on goals to help ensure your student meets all end-of-year grade-level benchmarks.

LEAP & ACT Testing

End-of-year state testing is quickly approaching. The most important way you can help prepare your KIPPsters for success is to make sure they are in school every day.  Key testing dates are included below:

  1. 3-8 LEAP Testing: LEAP testing will take place May 11-May17.  
  2. 9-12 ACT Testing: ACT testing will occur on March 22. Students with accommodations will test Tuesday-Thursday, depending on need.
  3. 9-12 AP and EOC Testing: High school advanced placement and end-of-course testing will begin on May 2nd.   

COVID Testing

As we shared prior to Mardi Gras, we have shifted our testing strategy and will now rely on antigen tests for symptomatic individuals rather than weekly testing. We have therefore expanded our rapid antigen tests available at each school and are prepared to quickly address any COVID cases that arise.

Mask Mandate and Restrictions

The city of New Orleans has lifted its mask mandate, and NOLA-PS recently recommended that schools continue universal masking in schools through March 18.  Starting the week of March 21, masks will be optional on all KNOS campuses. Students and staff who would like to continue masking are encouraged to do so. As always, we will shift back to mandatory masks and other precautions should new variants or surges occur. 


Full vaccination continues to be required for all scholars ages 5 and up. Vaccines are our number one defense. Full vaccination is required to participate in extracurricular activities, including field trips, end-of-year celebrations, band, and sports. 

KNOS is committed to working with families to ensure that our students become vaccinated. It is our goal to keep our entire school community healthy and

safe. Free vaccination clinics are available throughout the city. To find a health provider or a vaccination location near you, please CLICK HERE


Alumni Teaching Force

KNOS’ Alumni Teaching Force program inspires students to pursue careers as teachers and return to their schools as educators after college. The public high school program offers in-classroom teacher training to students aimed at attracting new teachers.

For the past 3 years, upperclassmen at Booker T. Washington High School gained experience teaching elementary students at KIPP Central City Academy and this year, John F. Kennedy’s students have partnered to teach young minds at Hynes-UNO Charter School.

Check out this recent clip from WGNO highlighting John F. Kennedy HIgh School students. CLICK HERE

This year the program boasts 28 high school participants and 37 college participants, attending universities locally and throughout the country such as Spelman University, Dillard University and Texas Southern University.

Upcoming opportunities for students

Mayor for a Day Essay Contest

The Office of Youth and Families has announced the launch of the 2022 Mayor for a Day essay contest. This program aims to foster and encourage leadership in young people (ages 11-18) living in New Orleans.  Click here for more information and to register.

Congressman Troy Carter's Black History Month Essay Contest

In recognition of Black History Month, Congressman Troy A. Carter Sr. launched his first essay contest. The deadline has been extended to April 8. To participate, click here

Managing Anxiety: From Young Kids to Teens

Explore ways to identify, treat, and help children manage their emotions. Click here to learn more about the Behavioral Health Center.

Legislative Youth Advisory Council Accepting Applications For 2022-2023 Membership 

The Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is now accepting applications for membership from high school students who have an interest in representing the voices of other young people around the state. The deadline to apply is March 25, 

We are thankful to the KNOS school community for its ongoing dedication and support. Through your efforts we have remained resilient and strong. 

KIPP New Orleans Schools