Sabine Parish school superintendent issues letter to parish families | Around The Town

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June 18, 2020

Dear Sabine Parish Families,

This has been a time unlike any other in our lives. Let methank you for your support and patience as we, as a state and community, responded to the sudden and unexpected changes in education due to COVID19 in recent months. I am very proud of the way our students, parents, employees, and community leaders handled the demands we were faced with to protect everyone as we continued to educate and feed our students during the most unusual ofcircumstances. This crisis has affected each of us inchallenging ways, and we have come together as acommunity to weather this storm with grace and strength.

As you know, there continues to be concerns and questions related to how schools plan to reopen in August 2020. While we are in the business of educating, our first priority is the safety of our students and our employees. Be assured, we have been working diligently on our SPSS 20-21 Strong Start Plan under the guidance of the Louisiana Department of Education. Due to all the factors and information needed to plan as COVID-19 issues unfold, we are currently waiting for continued guidance from the new State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Cade Brumley, as well as further information from Governor John Bell Edwards. Our desire is to return to school as normal (traditional) with enhanced safety and cleaning procedures with the addition of more online resources. However, we must be proactive and be prepared during these ever-changing times to continue educating our students when and if circumstances change, as predicted, throughout the year related to the health and safety of our students and employees.

We are working on three scenarios:

1. Traditional Plan with Enhancements – We would continue school as normal with enhanced safety precautions in place such as increased hand sanitizer availability, increased frequency of cleaning of high touch areas, limited visitation to campuses, etc., in order to possibly prevent the transition to a hybrid or full distance learning option. This option would also incorporate online learning components. Again, this is our plan for August pending more restrictive guidance from the Governor and the State Superintendent of Education.
2. Hybrid/Platooning Plan (Social Distancing)- Hybrid/Platooning would be a combination of distance and face-to-face instruction with increased safety and disinfecting measures as listed above, which could be done in a variety of configurations. This would only be enacted if the Governors Executive Order required such a plan.
3. Full Distance Learning Plan- All students would participate in the learning of new material, continued standard pacing, interactive lessons, graded assignments, and assessments. This would be enacted if the Governors Executive Order closed schools again due to health concerns.

I encourage our parents to frequently visit our webpage and follow our social media for up to date and accurate information.

As we continue the SPSS 20-21 Strong Start planning process, we will keep you updated. Thank you for your continued support and positivity as we strive to do what is best for ALL of our students and employees during these challenging times.


Sara P. EbarbEdD. Superintendent of Schools

Categories: Education

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