Family Updates & Resources
Sept. 13, 2021
Dear KNOS Families:
It has been two weeks since Hurricane Ida made landfall and severely impacted our school community, our region and our city. We hope that you are all safe and well while navigating these extenuating circumstances. We are not strangers to hurricanes-- they are a threat to our safety and our schools’ operations. We appreciate how much our scholars and their families have already done to adapt during this challenging time.
As you have likely seen on social media or heard from your school, we will gradually start back normal operations this week. The timeline below includes details of our return for most of our school campuses:
- Thursday, Sept. 16 - Friday, Sept 17 - Students return to school with modified schedules.
- Monday, Sept. 20 - Full in-person instruction begins across campuses.
Frederick A. Douglass High School incurred significant storm damage. As a result, for the week of Sept. 20th, all Douglass instruction will be virtual; families will receive additional communication directly from the Douglass school team. We will continue to work with NOLA PS to clarify the timeline for building reopening and, if necessary, explore alternative options.
School Calendar Updates
We will send an updated school calendar by the end of next week that includes 5 make-up days for students. We are committed to ensuring that students have sufficient instructional time for mastery of grade level content.
Student COVID Testing
To help maximize school safety, we are now offering weekly staff and student testing for COVID-19. In conjunction with NOLA PS, we highly recommend that all families take advantage of this weekly testing opportunity. Louisiana is providing a monetary incentive to families for registering their students: each student will receive $25 for their first COVID test and $10 each week of testing thereafter. These funds will be loaded onto a prepaid debit card which the state will distribute to families next month. To register your child for testing, please visit https://tiny.one/kipptest.
Consistent weekly testing will start the week of September 20th at school campuses. This week, we will offer testing for all students before we return to school. We highly recommend all students participate in this testing. Please note that some time blocks are limited to specific schools, while others are open to all KIPP students. You must register using the link above before arriving to get tested.
COVID Policy Updates
Safe in-person instruction for students remains our number one priority. Please see below for a few COVID policy updates:
- Staff Vaccines: We recently implemented a vaccine policy requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated, unless granted an exemption. Although the overwhelming majority of staff is already vaccinated, by October 1st, all staff will be in the vaccination process.
- Student Quarantines: Based on guidance from NOLA-PS, we want to clarify how we will determine close contacts and the quarantine process in the case of a positive COVID exposure.
- Students that are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine when they come in contact with a COVID-positive person unless personally experiencing symptoms.
- Unvaccinated students that have been seated within six feet of a COVID-positive person for a cumulative period of 15 minutes will have to quarantine.
- Communication about Potential Exposures: Upon being notified of a positive case, the school’s leadership team will follow the steps below to notify parents:
- All families of students who have had close contact (less than 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) will be notified directly. This will include instructions regarding the quarantine and overview information on what learning will look like for students.
- Families of students who did NOT have close contact will be notified via email that someone in that classroom has tested positive for COVID, but was not in close contact with their child.
- All other families in the school building will be notified via email that someone in their school building has tested positive for COVID, but was not in their child’s classroom.
COVID Vaccine Documentation
For students already vaccinated, we have begun the process to collect vaccine records. Students who have received their covid vaccine must submit information about the vaccine which include the brand, date and provider of the shot, as well as upload a picture of their proof of vaccination.
Navigating the aftermath of a storm can be difficult for many of our scholars and their families. Please visit our website at www.kippneworleans.org for an assembled list of resources under the tab Hurricane Ida for assistance for those who may be in need.
As a follow-up to this communication, all families of students will receive a check-in call from their school this week to provide further details regarding school reopenings and answer any questions that you may have. This check-in will take about ten minutes.
We eagerly await our scholars’ arrival back to campuses safely, and we appreciate your support and patience at this time. We will keep those who have been affected by Hurricane Ida in our thoughts and prayers.
KIPP New Orleans Schools