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Strong Start 2020

Superintendent’s Reopening Message

After a delayed school reopening and the threat of one of the strongest hurricanes on record in Louisiana, the Iberia Parish School District welcomed back 11,890 students on September 8, 2020 with open arms. How refreshing it was to hear the sounds of students excited to see their friends and teachers again! Of course, the school environment is very different with all the safety protocols in place, but students are always more resilient than we think as they adjusted to having their temperatures checked daily, washing and sanitizing their hands every two hours, eating meals socially distanced, and wearing face coverings.

The reopening was not without its challenges, however. In the beginning, some virtual students had difficulties with logging into their Chromebooks or reporting their attendance in the Student Progress Center, but many of these issues have been resolved. Please know that there is help for you and your child no matter what issues you have with virtual learning. Our virtual facilitators stand ready to assist you and are only an email or phone call away. Your school can inform you of their contact information if you do not already have it. Additionally, virtual students were invited back to the face-to-face option the week of September 21 – 25. The next allowable return date will be at the beginning of the 2nd grading period on November 10, 2020.

Another important component of school reopening is the breakfast and lunch meal program. All students in the Iberia Parish School District eat free due to our participation in the Community Eligible Provision (CEP) Federal Program. Curbside meal pickup is available daily from 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM Monday - Friday. On Wednesdays only, meal pick up has been extended until 12:00 PM at the middle and high schools. For parents’ convenience, multiple meals may be picked up using student demographic sheets or student ID cards.

While the safety of our employees and students is at the forefront of our priorities, it is also critical for us to balance it with innovative ways to ensure that students recover from the March 2020 COVID-19 school shutdown. Amid the negativism that sometimes consumes social media, families and educators must remain positive and prove that we are a resilient community. Our children need all of us to recover academically and emotionally from the challenges that the global pandemic has caused. It is from adversity that we grow stronger together. Thank you for trusting us with your children.

Carey Laviolette