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  • Dear West Baton Rouge Parish:

    The start of the 2020-2021 school year is finally here and it promises to be unlike any other. It has been a long time since we have had students on our campuses, and we cannot wait to see them. We understand the uncertainty and concerns many of you have. I want to assure you that we are determined to provide a high quality education for every student, and to do so safely for students and employees. Like any other year, there will be some difficult times and adjustments to make, but we are prepared to handle those situations. Our staff is committed to caring for our students and handling the difficulties we will face with professionalism, patience, and caring. We would like to share a few of the great things happening in our West Baton Rouge Parish Schools.

    • Graduation Rates in WBR are the highest in the history of our district.
      The Class of 2019
      WBR 87.1% +4.5% from the Class of 2018
      PAHS 84.5% +5.9% from the Class of 2018
      BHS 88.8% +2.5% from the Class of 2018
    • West Baton Rouge Parish is now a 1:1 School District meaning we have a digital device for every student.
    • The Port Allen High Boys Basketball Team won the 2A State Championship in March.
    • We are finishing up the 2020 Vision Building Plan we began in 2017 with our last few projects soon to be complete.

    Our 1:1 initiative will help us improve the high quality instruction provided on a daily basis as well as in times of any school closure.

    The newly renovated facilities at Port Allen Elementary, Port Allen Middle, Brusly Upper Elementary, and Brusly Middle are now ready for students. Our last school building project, the new Brusly High School, is also ready for students. Every school in WBR has been renovated and or a new building has been built. Thank you for your support of our 2020 Vision Building Plan, we are very proud of the facility upgrades that have been made for our students.

    This school year will start like no other ever before. But our mission remains the same, to help every student reach their maximum potential. The processes for doing that may look a little different, but we are committed to preparing our students for success in life beyond school. The school starting schedule is below:

    • Students will report on Monday, August 10th, and Tuesday, August 11th.
      • These dates will be “soft opening” days with approximately half of our students reporting on August 10th and the other half on August 11th. ○ These will be half days for students.
    • All students will report on Wednesday, August 12th.
      • Group A for students in grades 7-12 following an alternating schedule.
    • Virtual Academy Students will begin Monday, August 17, 2020.

    Again, thank you for your patience and understanding. Before you know it we will be operating very comfortably with our new procedures and routines. It may just take a little longer this year than in the past. It is a privilege to serve you, your child, and this district. If you ever have questions, please reach out to me at


    Wes Watts


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  • Strong Start 2020

    We know that you have many questions about the 2020-2021 school year.  For detailed information, see our plan outlined on the Strong Start 2020 page or click here for a PDF document containing all the details! 

    The first day of school for students will be either August 10 or August 11. Due to the new protocols and procedures we will bring approximately half of our students in for a “soft opening” on each of those days. This is so schools can meet with students and review procedures, safety measures, and required protocols in smaller groups. 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 should attend.

    *The first day all on campus students will attend together is August 12, 2020.


    Virtual Academy

    For more information on the WBR Virtual Academy, please click here

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West Baton Rouge Parish School Board Non-Discrimination Policy

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