Reopening Communication to Families
Happy Thursday Families,
We hope this message finds you well as we look forward to the weekend. We are now closing our second week of in-person instruction for all students across our schools and we couldn’t be happier with the progress our students, teachers and staff are making to keep everyone safe and learning. Our health is a team effort and we are all working together to keep our school communities COVID-free while keeping some sense of normalcy.
This week, we were especially proud to host the State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley as he visited KIPP East with NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis. Supt. Dr. Brumley had an opportunity to see first-hand what learning is like for our scholars in this new environment.
Additionally, we are proud to highlight John F. Kennedy High School Football Coach Lynaris Elpheage for being recognized as the High School Football Coach of the Week by the New Orleans Saints. He has been a wonderful addition to the athletic staff at JFK.
Lastly, we want to send a special shout out to all of the students participating in homecoming court! Regardless of who wins, we congratulate all of our students for participating! We are also proud to highlight our schools for encouraging students to engage in the election and participate in early voting. Across our schools, we stress civic engagement; it is exciting to see our students vote for the first time.
Ahead of Friday and your weekend, please see the following updates:
REPORT CARD CONFERENCES
As I’m sure you know, tomorrow is report card conference day. Our schools are eager to connect with you and discuss your student’s progress. If you have not scheduled a time to meet with your student’s teacher, please call your school as soon as possible to get scheduled. These meetings are very important. Based on your school, your report card will either be emailed to you or given to you at your report card conference.
OPTING INTO IN-PERSON LEARNING
For families who have selected virtual learning: If you would like for your student to return to in-person instruction in January 2021, you will be able to make this selection from Monday, November 16th to November 20th. However, we will continue to offer virtual instruction for families who prefer virtual learning. Across all campuses, we have invested funds and resources to keep our schools safe. From hand sanitizing stations to HEPA filters consistently cleaning air in classrooms to social distancing signage, our operations teams have gone above and beyond to create a safe and healthy learning environment for students. To see our safety precautions across campuses, please watch this video. In addition to making everyone feel comfortable in our buildings, we have done this work because we recognize the true benefit to having students in class with their teachers. We know that our students learn better, both academically and socially, when they are physically in the classroom. If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to reach out to your schools.
21-22 STUDENT RECRUITMENT – FAMILY REFERRALS
We are approaching that time of year of again and we need your help! Enrollment officially begins November 20th. Regardless of the grade, if you know any family looking for quality schools, CLICK HERE to share their information with us. We have openings across all grades and schools, especially Pre-K, Kindergarten and 9th grade for the 2021-2022 school year. For every referral you give that registers for the 2021-2022 school year, you will receive a free uniform shirt voucher. Thank you for your help!
Early voting ends Tuesday, October 27th; Election Day is November 3rd. Please note that there will be no school on Tuesday, November 3rd. With so much at stake, it is imperative that you vote. If you have students or other members of your family who can vote, we encourage you to take them with you. Do not forfeit your right; this election will decide the future of our country for generations to come. For more information on early voting locations, please visit nola.gov/registrar/early-voting. For more information on this year’s election, visit usa.gov/voting.
Every student in New Orleans who is attending school virtually is able to pick up meal packs (5 breakfasts & 5 lunches) on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at one of our three high school campuses (Booker T. Washington High School, Frederick A. Douglass High School, and John F. Kennedy High School). Again, this service is open to any student attending any school virtually in New Orleans.
Over the past months, we have committed to providing these weekly communications with updates on pertinent information concerning your students, resources available to keep everyone safe and the successes of our schools. As we have transitioned back to in-person learning, we will be providing regional communications on an as needed basis. As always, if you have any questions or concerns at any time, please reach out to your respective schools.
We can’t thank you enough for partnering with us on this journey as we all navigate this new normal. We appreciate your commitment to your student’s academic success and working with us as we continue to learn how to best serve you. Thank you, and have a great Friday/Report Conference day tomorrow!
All the best,