The St. Helena Parish School District considers the health and well-being of our students and staff to be of the upmost importance. With this in mind, we make the following announcement. We began our mass COVID-19 testing process with our district employees on Thursday, November 12th. One employee tested positive. The St. Helena Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) and Regional Medical Director were contacted immediately, and proper protocols were immediately implemented. This employee has been placed in quarantine and will not return to school until medical authorities have determined that the employee is no longer positive. Due to this discovery and to prevent a possible spread across all our campuses, we will revert to eLearning via Microsoft Teams during the week of November 16, 2020. Students will follow the normal 8:00am-3:00pm school day schedule. Meals will be delivered to all students via bus Tuesday, November 17th and Thursday, November 19th. Meals will arrive between 11:30am – 1:30pm. Free COVID-19 testing, provided by Southeast Community Health Systems, will take place for students when they return after the Thanksgiving break on Monday, November 30th. Please observe your student over the next few days for any common symptoms of COVID-19, including: • Fever • Cough • Headaches • Body aches • Shortness of breath If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your health care provider for additional information. This decision was not taken lightly. We know the burden this will place on our families. But, we must consider the safety and health of our employees and students.
St. Helena Parish School District Takes Necessary Preventive Measures to REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 The St. Helena Parish School District considers the health and well-being of our students and staff to be of the upmost importance. Through our partnership with Southeast Community Health Systems, we have established policies and protocols to mitigate COVID-19 exposure while our employees and students are on campus. Our measures are working, and we have not had to shut down our schools. However, it is difficult to maintain our safe school environment when a lot of our students are exposed to the virus while at their homes. Unfortunately, we have cases where families, despite the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), attend large gatherings or other community events that can expose them to COVID-19. It is with that in mind the following provisions have been taken, with no exception: 1. All students are required to submit the Southeast Community Health Systems Consent Form to return to school. No student will be allowed on any campus without the signed form. Visit our district website to access the online form or complete the paper copy that was sent home with your student. 2. All students will be tested for COVID-19 this Monday, November 16th. If a parent decides not to have their child tested, that student must quarantine for 14 days. 3. All schools will be closed Friday, November 13th for deep cleaning. No virtual classes will be held on that day either. Schools will reopen Monday, November 16th. 4. Students must always wear their face masks on the bus and at school. While all students are aware of this requirement, some fail to comply. Future non-compliance will result in out of school suspension and a 14-day quarantine. 5. Parents/guardians must inform the school immediately if their child is suspected of having COVID-19 or experience COVID-like symptoms. That student and any children living in the same household must remain home. In addition, all students in the home must be tested and provide the school with their negative test results before returning to school. COVID-19 is real. Our nation is experiencing a second wave of this virus that is threatening the lives of all citizens. We are all going to have to do our part if we want our schools to remain open. The health and safety of our employees and students will be protected. As such, these strict provisions are necessary and will not be compromised.
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Hawk Nation! Come support our Lady Hawks Volleyball Team tonight at 4:30pm at home against Scotlandville. Masks are required to enter the gym and social distancing will be enforced.
COVID-19 rapid tests are available for students in St. Helena Parish. To access this service, students MUST have a Consent Form on file. Please complete the required form available on our District Website and App. Thank you Dr. Alecia Cyprian and staff for making this possible!
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Are you ready to Jumpstart?! School starts July 13th!! Students will begin the 2020-2021 school year Monday, July 13th. This opportunity will give teachers and students time to adjust to the eLearning environment and begin preliminary instruction. The format for the month is below: Week 1 - Expectations and instruction about how to use the online platform will be established with teachers. Week 2 - Benchmark assessments will be taken to determine student achievement levels. Week 3 – Initial instruction. Monday – Wednesday, 9:00am – 12:00pm Students must have their laptops and access to the internet. Attendance will be taken and counted! Also, please get your school supplies and use your best judgement regarding school uniforms. We recommend buying only two sets right now. Please email PWHelp@sthpk-12.net if you need assistance.