We are saddened by the fact that Governor Edwards has extended his order for schools to remain closed until April 30. We miss our students and staff but will continue to keep their safety and wellbeing as our number one focus.
Our “grab and go” feeding program will stop on April 8 for a short break. We will resume feedings on Wednesday, April 22. The feeding sites will continue to be Enon Elementary, Mt. Hermon, Franklinton Primary, Thomas Elementary, and Wesley Ray Elementary schools. Meals can be picked up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM.
Teachers have been reaching out to students to make sure they are well. Teachers are also providing resources that families may use in order to keep students engaged in learning if they wish. The assignments and suggestions are completely optional. These are not required and will not be graded.
Many high school students have enjoyed the Jumpstart Summer opportunity that we have offered in the past. It is very unfortunate that we have had to cancel the Washington Parish Jumpstart Summer program for this summer.
We know that our seniors are as distraught as we are about the ending of their last year of high school. One area of concern for seniors are their grades. The Department of Education has waived all State testing, attendance, and seat-time requirements. We will calculate final grades for seniors based on work that was completed prior to March 13, when school was dismissed. Final grades for seniors will be posted in Parent Command Center by April 30. Any questions regarding the final grades should be addressed via email to your school counselor or principal. Another area of concern is graduation ceremonies. With the extension of school closing, it will not be possible to host graduation ceremonies in early May as scheduled. However, we are not cancelling graduations. The ceremonies will be postponed until June or July. We will keep you updated as the exact dates are decided.
This is a time of uncertainty and concern for everyone. We will continue to update you as we receive information and decisions are made for our school system. Please check our district website and our district Facebook page on Friday mornings for regular updates.
Stay safe, wash your hands, and keep reading!
Frances Varnado, Superintendent
"NCS staff plans to drive throughout Bogalusa on Thursday (4/9/2020) to see our students! Our plan is to start at the school at 3:00pm and drive the bus routes beginning with Mr. Mac, then Mrs. Ashley Nobles, then Mr. Cody, then Mrs. Ashley Wheat and then ending with Mr. Calvin’s route. Even if your child doesn’t ride a bus, one should run very close to your house, so please listen for the honks and hollering from all of us and come outside to give us some “air hugs”! We CANNOT wait to see all of you!"
As I write this update for you today, it is becoming more and more evident that COVID 19 is affecting people we know and love. I pray that each of you are doing well, and have not been affected. All of you will continue to be in our prayers daily for comfort, health, and continued safety in the days to come.
Today I am reporting a change in the way that meals will be provided to our students. After much thought and prayer we decided today would be the last day for our buses to provide meals at sites throughout our city. With the number of COVID19 cases continuing to rise each day in our parish, it was imperative to cut back on this procedure in order to contain the direct contact of people as much as possible.
Beginning Wednesday, April 1, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, we will have Grab and Go lunch and breakfasts ready for pick up at BHS and Byrd Avenue schools. At BHS, the pick-up spot will be behind the gym and cafeteria. There will be tables set up for pick up. At Byrd Avenue, the pick-up will be in front of the school. You need not get out of your car, you simply drive up and we will hand you the number of meals you need. Please be patient as we begin this new way of distribution for you. We will get to everyone and move as quickly as possible.
Superintendents throughout Louisiana are eagerly awaiting a decision from our Governor and Interim State Superintendent Beth Scioneaux as to what will happen with schools in the near future. As you all know, the President placed another 30-day, 6 feet social distancing proclamation through April 30, 2020. As soon as I know something, I will pass it along to you all.
Please go to our website – www.bogschools.org- and look at the resources for your child that can be used to continue learning during this time. We have done a lot of work on our site to make it user friendly and full of information to keep our children learning while at home. We have even included schedules for you and your child.
Thank you all for your patience and your kindness as we move through this unprecedented time in our history. Continue to remain safe and healthy. Remember – Faith before fear!
Lisa Tanner, Superintendent
Bogalusa City Schools
I am happy to announce several new things to announce this week as I write today’s update.
First, BCSS is happy to announce that we are now able to send “push notifications” via the Educational Networks App. Due to this new APP, BCSS stakeholders will never miss an important announcement again.
It is necessary for each person to subscribe to the notifications. Open your Apple App Store or Google Play APP on your smart phone and search for Educational Networks. Once the APP is open follow the instructions, enter Louisiana as the state, then enter Bogalusa as the district, and then you will be able to select Bogalusa City Schools. Be sure to allow push notifications.
Second, we would like to ask each family to take a short survey found on our website. Before we can move forward we would like to make sure of the internet access our families have and the devices, if any, that they own at home. This will help us make decisions about how to proceed in the future with our resources and distance learning. The survey is found on our website, www.bogschools.org, under links, labeled distance learning survey. Please click on it, and answer the 4 – 5 questions on the survey to help us out.
Graduating seniors – we are awaiting a decision as early as next week on when and how we will hold graduation and ACT testing. The High School Administration will be contacting parents about graduation supplies in the week to come and how to go about getting them. Please watch for the JCALL.
I will continue to update our community and parents bi-weekly at the very least with new information as we get it. For now, please stay safe and stay at home! The only way we can get back to our normal routine is to flatten the curve. And only WE can make that happen.
Thank you as always for your attention to these matters and for entrusting Bogalusa City Schools with your children.
-Lisa Tanner, Superintendent