July 30, 2021
To Our WBR Parents and Families,
We trust you have had a restful summer and hope you are able to enjoy these last few days before school starts. We also understand you are anxious to know how we plan to safely open schools. Our adopted safety procedures last year were at times burdensome, they were inconvenient, and quarantining was a bother. But educators, parents and community members understood that our kids needed to be at school. They needed to be safe, loved, and they needed to learn. I am proud of what we were able to provide for our students, our families, and our community during the school year and through our Summer Learning Programs. Thank you for the part you played in making that happen.
Plans for our return to school have been approved and finalized. We understand the decisions about school opening impacts each of you and that there are a variety of opinions and responses. We have collaborated with medical professionals, other school districts, and our WBR school leaders, teachers, and parents to provide guidance in developing plans for the 2021-2022 school year. We were successful last year with our mitigation efforts and with the less stringent procedures used in our Summer Learning Programs. I am confident that we will again have school in person, safely, for everyone using the guidelines we have in place.
A new proclamation from Governor Edwards has been released regarding Covid-19. The proclamation runs from August 4 through September 1, 2021. Based on this new proclamation we must mandate that masks be worn by everyone while inside our school buildings. We were all looking forward to a mask free school opening, but that is not possible at this time. Knowing the value of students being on campus to learn, we will do whatever it takes to make that happen safely. Please read the updated guidance below as we prepare to welcome students for the 2021-2022 school year.
The opening of school remains the same with "soft openings" on August 9 and August 10.
We will follow the Governor's Proclamation requiring Face Coverings to be worn by everyone while indoors and not able to socially distance.
We will keep all other protocols in place including hand washing, social distancing as much as possible, and keeping our facilities sanitized.
The first day of school for students remains August 9 or August 10. We will bring approximately half of our students in for a “soft opening” on each of those days. These two days will be half days for students. Your child’s school will contact you about which day is the first day for your child to attend.
*The first day all students will attend together is August 11, 2021.
Following the Governor and LDOE guidance providing for all students to attend school in person, WBR Schools will use the following protective measures to start the 2021-2022 school year:
Please see our fully detailed plan below. Also, please understand that these safety measures will be updated and could possibly change as we continually receive guidance from state officials and medical professionals.
At Lukeville Elementary in Brusly, students are learning how to read, write, solve math problems and sharpen their critical thinking skills. In addition to these core subjects, administrators and staff are leveraging their partnership with Well-Ahead Louisiana to ensure students learn important life lessons about health and well-being that go way beyond the four walls of the classroom.
Thank you everyone for participating in the WBR Schools Hurricane Ida Relief Project for LaFourche Parish.
It is the policy of this agency that no applicant, client and/or employee of the West Baton Rouge parish School Board shall on the basis of Race, Religion, Creed, Color, National Origin, Political Affiliation, Sex, Handicap, Age or any other non-merit factor, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of, or other-wise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity, which West Baton Rouge Parish School Board operates or is applying for funding.
No person on the grounds of Race, Religion, Creed, Color, National Origin, Political Affiliation, Sex, Handicap, or Age shall be subjected to discrimination, or be denied employment in connection with any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
No persons with responsibilities in the operation or administration of a program or activity because of Race, Religion, Creed, Color, National Origin, Sex, Political Affiliations, Disability or Age.
Barbara Burke, Director of Human Resources and Staff Development