• Coronavirus Updates

    UPDATE: June 2, 2020

    Summer Updates

    St. Bernard Parish K-12 Registration

    St. Bernard Parish Public School System will be registering new students enrolling in grades kindergarten through 12th grade beginning June 8. Students who attended a St. Bernard Parish Public School during the 2019-2020 school year do not need to reenroll.

    Parents or legal guardians will need to call their student’s district school to schedule an in-person appointment to register. New residents can determine their district school by entering their address into www.sbpsb.org/schoolzones.

    Students who are transferring schools within our system and have been previously enrolled in a St. Bernard Parish Public School will also need to make an appointment to verify residency.

    Each school’s contact information can be found on our district website by clicking the specific school on the top left portion of the page.

    At the time of the appointment, parents or legal guardians should be prepared with all required documentation. A list of the required documentation can be found by visiting www.sbpsb.org/registration.  Registration packets will be provided at the time of the appointment. Registration will take approximately 45 minutes.

    For all appointments, all social distancing measures and health precautions will be followed. Only one parent or guardian will be allowed in the building for registration with the exception of those families who need the assistance of a translator.  Registrants and staff members will be required to wear a mask, and temperatures will be taken prior to entering the building.

    Questions or concerns can be directed to our Central Office at 504-301-2000 or the school’s principal.

    Preschool Registration

    St. Bernard Parish Public School System offers a universal, tuition-free four year old preschool program. Students who turn four years of age by September 30, 2020 and are a current resident of St. Bernard Parish are eligible.

    Registration will be conducted in-person and by appointment only starting in June. Parents or guardians interested in registering must schedule an appointment by calling 504-267-3310. At the time of the appointment, all documentation must be completed and all required documents must be provided. Registration packets and a list of the required documents can be found by visiting www.sbpsb.org/prek.

    All social distancing measures and health precautions will be followed for registration. Only one parent or guardian will be allowed in the building for registration with the exception of those families who need the assistance of a translator.  Registrants and staff members will be required to wear a mask, and temperatures will be taken prior to entering the building.

    Summer Feeding Program

    Each summer, St. Bernard Parish Public Schools provides students with meals. This year’s program will be offered at Chalmette Elementary and Smith Elementary. Breakfast and lunches will be available in a take-and-go style and served simultaneously Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Children under the age of 18 are eligible and must be present to receive a meal. Nurseries interested in participating in the program need to contact Joni Blum at 504-301-2000 extension 1166.

    Pandemic EBT Benefits

    Amid the ongoing health crisis, Louisiana has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families of the more than 600,000 children who normally receive free and reduced-price meals at school.

    Families with students at any of our elementary schools, middle schools, or Rowley Alternative are automatically eligible. An application must be completed at the following website: https://pebt.doe.louisiana.gov/PublicApps/SNP/

    Chalmette High School students who received free and reduced-price meals are eligible as well. If your child attends Chalmette High School and you did not complete an application last fall or if your financial situation has changed and you would now qualify for free or reduced lunch, please visit www.sbpsb.org/lunchapp.  Once you have been approved for free or reduced lunch, an application for the program can be completed at the website below: https://pebt.doe.louisiana.gov/PublicApps/SNP/

    The deadline to apply is June 8th at 4:30 P.M.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school principal.


     

    UPDATE: April 15, 2020

    Press Release

    Learning Continues While St. Bernard School Buildings Closed

    Wednesday afternoon Governor John Bel Edwards announced that schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. While physical buildings and offices will be closed, learning will continue. 

    Instructional activities and supports for all students have transitioned to the district’s various online teaching platforms. Students in preschool through 12th grade will continue the learning process through Google Classroom and Zoom, accessing the same software and instructional materials they have been using all year.  

    For students who do not have access to online materials, print materials are available for families to pick-up at any one of the three food distribution centers - Chalmette Elementary, Chalmette High School’s 9th Grade Academy, and Smith Elementary. 

    For high school students, in addition to the learning materials being provided, administrators and teachers have been working closely with Nunez Community College to ensure dual enrollment students are able  to engage in coursework during the closure as they continue to pursue advanced credentials and even in some cases associate degrees. The district also secured devices for students in dual enrollment classes, Advanced Placement classes, and course recovery to complete on-line learning.

    Superintendent Doris Voitier said teachers are working with their students to ensure that they have mastered the standards for the grade level and courses in which they are enrolled.  

    “Our teachers are here to help their students in any way they can,” she said. “Whether it be sending students assignments over the phone or teaching lessons by Zoom, our teachers are here to support our students during this difficult time.” 

    Given the extended school closure, Voitier said the district plans to consider the work the students complete remotely along with the grades earned previously in the school year to arrive at a student’s final grade for this year, along with placement for next year. 

    The meal program is also continuing over the coming weeks with some slight modifications. Starting Monday, April 20 families will be provided a shelf stable box that includes the equivalent of 10 days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches. Boxes will be available every other week on Mondays between 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Boxes can be picked up at Chalmette Elementary, Chalmette High School’s 9th Grade Academy, and W. Smith Elementary.

    “St. Bernard Parish School System is committed to continuing to provide for the children of our parish during these difficult times,” Voitier said. “This is a strong community, and we will get through this together.”

    Families and parents can learn more about the district’s remote learning plans by visiting www.sbpsb.org/remotelearning and find the latest updates regarding school closures amidst the Coronavirus by visiting www.sbpsb.org/coronavirus


    UPDATE: April 8, 2020

    Letter from the Superintendent

    Parents and Families -

    As we continue to navigate the uncertainty of these trying times, I cannot help but be encouraged by how this moment has revealed the good in people. I guess it’s like Mr. Rogers said that in times of crisis “you look for the helpers.”

    During this unprecedented health crisis, these helpers can be seen in a number of places. Obviously, on the front lines of our hospitals and clinics, but we also salute the truckers who are bringing goods to our communities and grocery store workers and pharmacies who are working throughout this trying time.

    I also applaud the tenacity and compassion of our employees. We have so many helpers here to be thankful for. On Monday our staff served nearly 40,000 meals as we transitioned our food program to a shelf stable box that included the equivalent of 5 days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches.

    Moving forward, one box per child can be picked up at Chalmette Elementary, Chalmette High School’s 9th Grade Academy, and W. Smith Elementary on Mondays between 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. in the same drive-through style.

    As you know, Governor John Bel Edwards has extended state wide school closers until April 30th. There is also a very real possibility that schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year, but we will continue to provide education and learning opportunities to our students.

    Learning materials will continue to be published on our school websites and teachers will post learning activities to their teacher webpages weekly. Students are expected to complete these weekly assignments and will receive further information and feedback from their teacher as the semester continues. Our teachers are also touching base with students to clarify and offer additional support.

    More information about our remote learning activities can be found by visiting our website at www.sbpsb.org/remotelearning.

    Things change daily amid this crisis as information becomes available, but we remain focused on the well-being of our school family. But we must also be proactive and prepare for future, knowing our daily lives will eventually return to normal.

    With that thought in mind, staffing and preparations for the 2020-2021 school year are underway. For those educators who are interested in joining our team, we will be hosting a virtual job fair beginning Saturday, May 16. Those interested should apply by visiting our website at www.sbpsb.org/openings.

    Springtime and Easter have always been a special time. Beautiful weather, flowers in bloom, time with family are all part of this season, but symbolically Easter is also about renewal – of life and faith.

    As this crisis continues, we ask for your continued faith, knowing that we will always do what is best for the safety of our community and for the welfare of our children.

    Stay informed. Stay involved. Stay connected. And most importantly stay well.

    Doris Voitier
    Superintendent of St. Bernard Parish Public


    UPDATE: April 3, 2020

    School Closures Extended

    Governor John Bel Edwards ordered an extension to school closures in the state of Louisiana.

    As a result, all St. Bernard Parish Public Schools and offices will remain closed until April 30,2020.

    Additional information regarding school closures will be added to our websites in the next few days. Please continue to stay connected, stay informed, and stay well.

    UPDATE: April 3, 2020

    Meal Program Update

    The St. Bernard Parish Public School System has made an update to our food program starting Monday, April 6th. Our current food program will continue tomorrow, Friday, April 3rd at Chalmette Elementary, Chalmette High School's 9th Grade Academy, and W. Smith Elementary.

    Beginning Monday, we will be transitioning our food program to a shelf stable box that will include the equivalent of 5 days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches. One box per child can be picked up at Chalmette Elementary, Chalmette High School’s 9th Grade Academy, and W. Smith Elementary. Boxes can be picked up on Mondays between 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. in the same drive-through style.

    St. Bernard Parish Public Schools is committed to providing for the children of our parish while keeping our employees safe and well. Thank you for your understanding as changes are made.


    UPDATE: March 26, 2020

    Letter from the Superintendent

    Families- 

    In times like these, all we can do is the next right thing.  This sentiment might be most recognizable to many of our parents as the recent theme of Frozen 2, but I cannot think of wiser words in times of such uncertainty.  This afternoon, I would like to share with you several important updates.

    Regarding our meal program- Monday evening, I came to you to announce that we were suspending our current food program in light of the Governor and our Parish Presidents calls to “stay-at-home.” We have spent the last several days reassessing our program to find a way to continue to provide this service to our families while keeping our staff safe.

    Upon further review and with guidance from state leaders and health officials, we have decided to reinstate the meal program with some modifications.

    Starting Monday, March 30th, we will be opening three school sites. Those sites are Chalmette Elementary, Chalmette High School, and Smith Elementary. They will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for that week. On Monday and Wednesday, families will be receiving two days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches. On Friday, families will receive a single breakfast and lunch per child.

    We will still be serving these meals in a drive-through style starting at 11:00 A.M. and closing at 1:00 P.M.

    Paper-based materials will be available for families to pick up at those sites as well.

    Regarding academics – I want to begin by hopefully providing some relief to our families and students. State testing for the 2019-2020 school year has been cancelled for all 3-8 grade students and for most high school students. Juniors and seniors who are currently on track to receive college credit through either our duel enrollment program or Advance Placement courses, will still have the opportunity to take the necessary assessments to advance. As more information becomes available regarding the high school assessment calendar over the next several weeks, we will keep our families informed on our Chalmette High School website.

    We have also received several questions regarding students being promoted to the next year amidst this crisis. I want to reassure families that we as a system will do everything we can to assure that students are able to advance to the next grade. Parents who have questions regarding grade promotion should contact their school principals.

    There is still much uncertainty in the weeks to come. We are still waiting to make final decisions about graduation and end-of-year ceremonies. We do know that many of the events for the graduating seniors have either been cancelled or postponed, and more information will be available on our school websites as we are able to process the gravity of this crisis in the coming weeks.

    Information is constantly changing, and we are committed to continue to do the next right thing for our students and our employees in the weeks to come.  Please check your school websites and our Facebook pages for more information in the weeks to come with the latest information.

    As always, stay connected. Stay informed. And stay well.

    Thank you.

     Doris Voitier

    Superintendent 


    UPDATE: March 23, 2020

    Letter from the Superintendent

    Families - 

    As of today at 5:00 P.M., Governor John Bel Edwards “Stay-At-Home” Mandate goes into effect. After speaking with state and local government officials and health care professionals, we have made the very difficult decision to suspend our food program immediately.

    This has been an incredibly hard decision as we know that many of our families have been relying on these grab-and-go meals. However, in the interest of public safety and our continued focus on protecting our employees and their families, this decision had to be made.

    We urge all of our families to heed the Governor and our Parish President’s directives to stay at home. This simple act of staying separate will save lives and allow our community partners -working in healthcare - the time and resources they need to combat this crisis.

    It’s been said there is strength in numbers, but now, our real strength is in our distance. Let’s remain together – separately.

    Please continue to check our Facebook and websites for any further updates as this is an ever-changing situation.   But, the one thing that will never change, I can assure you, is our continued commitment to doing what is best for our children while protecting the people of our parish.

    St. Bernard is an incredibly tightknit community, so we ask that you stay involved, stay informed, stay connect – and most importantly, stay safe.

    Thank you and stay well.

    Doris Voitier

    Superintendent of St. Bernard Parish Shcool District


    UPDATE: March 19, 2020

    Letter from the Superintendent

    Families - 

    As we continue to keep you informed during this ever-changing situation, we have several updates I would like to make you aware of.

    To begin, our administrators are working tirelessly to provide at home resources for your children to engage in the learning process.  As this situation evolves, our teams have made some adjustments to how we will be delivering these resources.

    For our elementary school students, general activities for grade-level bands and cultural arts will be provided on the homepage of each school website. These enriching activities will provide additional resources and will complement the materials individual teachers have shared on their teacher web pages.

    For those families that do not have access to online materials, paper-based materials were sent home with your child last Friday and correlating activities are posted on our teacher web page. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have further curriculum questions or concerns.

    For students in grades 6-12, suggested online and paper-based activities have been posted on each school website’s homepage. These activities will support students in core-area skills. For families without access to online materials, paper-based activities that will last for the duration of school closure can be picked up at one of our food distribution sites.

    Some specialized high school courses have additional materials posted on their teacher webpages as well.

    While these assignments will not be graded or collected and do not equate to a full-days’ worth of learning, they are opportunities for students to engage in the learning process during this time at home.

    The official end point of the 3rd nine weeks was March 13 which was prior to the mandated school closures. Third nine week report cards will be mailed home as scheduled and will reflect grades and attendance for that nine week period.

    As directed by Governor John Bel Edwards, instructional time has been waived and students will not be required to make-up instructional days. Furthermore, the Governor has applied for a waiver to the United States Department of Education to eliminate state-testing requirements. As we await that decision, our school calendar and testing schedule will be amended. Further information regarding the fourth nine weeks will be included in future updates.

    Regarding food distribution efforts – We have successfully served over thousands of students meals each day. This is thanks to the dedication by our staff, faculty, and volunteers. For now, we will continue to serve these meals in our drive-through style at all seven elementary schools, St. Bernard Middle and AJ Middle School, and the Chalmette High School 9th Grade Academy. Meals will continue to be served weekdays from 11:00 – 1:00. As the situation evolves, adjustments might need to be made – please check our Facebook and websites frequently for more information.

    As a reminder – all of our school buildings are closed and activities including Pre-K registration are postponed. Central office is open for our employees, but closed to the general public.

    Please call if you have any questions or concerns.

    Even though we are following the protocols regarding social distancing, our theme for this year about connection still holds true. Through the daily challenges that are a part of our new normal, we remain connected.  To our students and families.  To our community.  And to each other – because that’s just what school people do.

    This health crisis is new to all of us, but dealing with these unprecedented challenges are not new.  Fifteen years ago, Katrina tested our resolve and our way of life, but we preserved and in many ways, made St. Bernard an even better and more tight knit community.

    We’re asking for your patience, your positivity and your prayers as we continue to do what’s right for our community and more importantly, for the children who are its future.

    Thank you for your faith and strength and as long as we remain connected – we will get through this – together.

    Sincerely -

    Doris Voitier 


    UPDATE: March 18, 2020

    Letter from the Superintendent

     The latest update regarding optional remote learning activities can be found on each school's website.

     


    UPDATE: March 15, 2020

    Letter from the Superintendent

    To our St. Bernard Parish Families and Community–

    Our administrators have been working around the clock to be able to provide our community and students with as much support as possible during this time. Trust that we are working non-stop with two goals in mind: protecting the people of our community and providing for the children and families in our care.

    I wanted to share with you some important information.

    Meals

    Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, we will be offering a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from 11:00 – 1:00 on weekdays. These meals are available for all children under the age of 18, including toddlers and those students who attend private or parochial schools. 

    Meals will be provided in a drive through or walk up style, and signs and staff will be out to direct families. Schools open for this service will be Arabi Elementary, Andrew Jackson Middle, Chalmette Elementary, Meraux Elementary, Chalmette High School 9th Grade Academy, Lacoste Elementary, Davies Elementary, Smith Elementary, St. Bernard Middle, and Gauthier Elementary.

    Suggested Learning Experiences

    Regarding our suggested learning materials – a basic learning plan is posted on our district website and will be updated periodically. Over the next several days our teachers will be working to update their teacher webpages with suggested weekly educational activities for you to do alongside your student. Please feel free to email your child’s teachers directly with any questions and concerns.

    Please note these resources will assist with providing students educational opportunities outside of the traditional classroom. Keep in mind these are suggested materials and will not be graded but are meant to keep your child engaged in the learning experience while at home.

    As you are aware, Governor John Bel Edwards has closed all schools amidst concerns of the spread of the coronavirus until April 13. The current closure includes all school activities including all athletic and club events.  Any further changes to our school calendar will be made available as we get more information from our local and state leaders.

    It’s a scary time, but our Board and administrators are in constant contact with our federal, state, and local leaders. We promise to keep you informed and engaged during this very difficult time for all of us. Please check our social media, Channel 8, and websites frequently for updates.

     

    Sincerely

    Doris Voitier

    Superintendent of St. Bernard Parish Schools


    UPDATE: March 13, 2020

    Letter from the Superintendent

    Good afternoon - 

    This afternoon the Governor announced statewide school closures amid growing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. These closures are effective starting Monday, March 16 and will remain in place until April 13. 

    While our physical buildings will be closed, learning will not. Distance learning will be taking place through our online platforms and more information can be found by visiting our school and district websites – www.sbpsb.org/distancelearning.

    While students will not be reporting to school buildings Monday, our schools and central office will remain open with limited staff until further notice. 

    Information and updates will be made readily available on our websites and Facebook. Please visit our website frequently at www.sbpsb.org/coronavirus for the latest information. All questions and concerns can be directed to your school principal.

    I know anxieties are high right now. I want to assure you that the school system, the sheriff’s department, parish government, and health officials are working closely to ensure the health and well-being of our citizens.  We as a community have been through hard times before, and together we got through them. This will be no different.

    Please take care of yourselves and your children. 

    Sincerely,

    Doris Voitier

    Superintendent of St. Bernard Parish Public Schools


    UPDATE: March 12, 2020

    Letter from the Superintendent

    Dear St. Bernard Parents/Guardians,

    St. Bernard Parish School District’s number one priority is the health and well-being of our students and employees. As many of you know, schools have an important role in preventing the spread of viruses.

    We continue to monitor the coronavirus and are working closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. At this time, our intent is to keep schools open, and we will continue to follow the guidance of health experts in this evolving situation.

    I would like to reassure you that we are taking all necessary preventative measures to minimize the possibility of an outbreak in our school district. These measures include:

    • Increased Sanitation: We are continuing increased sanitation efforts in our schools, buildings, and busses.
    • Trained Students and Staff: Nursing staff will continue to meet with students and teachers to review best practices regarding common illness prevention. Students and staff will also be trained watching short videos. These videos will  be available for parents to view on our school district website by visiting sbpsb.org/coronavirus
    • Monitoring Travel: With the upcoming Easter/Spring Break we are gathering travel information from employees and students. If families or employees have plans to travel to any of the Level 2 or Level 3 Warning High-Risk Countries identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), they are required to report this information to school administration prior to travel. We will follow the recommendations from the CDC for anyone who has traveled to a Level 2 or Level 3 Warning High-Risk Country. At this time, those countries are Japan, China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy. Only travel to these four Level 2 or Level 3 Countries before the end of the school year must be reported to school administration.
    • New Registrations: We’re asking new families who register at one of our schools whether the student has traveled internationally within the last two weeks.

    You can learn more about the actions we are taking at www.sbpsb.org/coronavirus

    Health officials have shared the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus are the same preventions recommended for the flu and common cold. I ask that you please follow the guidance of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on avoiding the spread of germs.  These Coronavirus Prevention tips are basic measures to prevent the spread of many illnesses, including coronavirus.

    • Stay home and seek medical attention if you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue away.
    • Disinfect and clean frequently touched surfaces.
    • Avoid close contact with individuals who may be sick.

    As we address this situation within our school system with care and diligence, there is no reason for any of us to be unnecessarily alarmed, fearful, or anxious.  As advised, it is simply best to use common sense, due caution, and be prepared. With this being said, please update the contact information with your child’s school and have a plan in place in case your child becomes ill.

    I would like to reassure you that we are taking all necessary preventative measures to minimize the possibility of an outbreak in our school district. This is an ever-evolving situation and we will continue to keep our families and community updated on our website and social media outlets.  

    Thank you for your support and cooperation. As always, our shared goal is the safety and well-being of our entire community.

    Sincerely,

    Doris Voitier

    Superintendent


    March 5, 2020

    The safety of our students and staff is our top responsibility. St. Bernard Parish School System is in communication with the Louisiana Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about COVID-19, also know as the coronavirus.  School officials will continue to work closely with health officials and monitor the situation. 

    Health officials have shared the best ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are the same preventions recommended for the flu and common cold. As we are still in cold and flu season, we advice 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 please immediately in the trash.
    • Avoid shaking hands.

    As this is an ongoing situation, the CDC updates its online resources daily. These can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

    We will continue to monitor the situation and update you if we have more information. 

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