You may have heard that we presented to the Education Committee of our school Board a couple of weeks ago the idea of a Balanced School Calendar. We were pleased that there has been some interest in learning more about this innovative approach to instructional time. As we begin the journey of providing information, answering questions, and receiving feedback from students, parents, employees and the community, I wanted to provide for you all the information available at this time. Please use the links below for all the information we have compiled regarding the calendar conversation. Additionally, we will be presenting more information, including feedback from the survey below, regarding the calendar at the February Board Meeting. This will allow us time to host some community meetings and elicit as much feedback as possible.

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As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 in our schools, we are seeing an increase in the number of students and employees who are testing positive for the virus. Additionally, the number of students and employees who are having to quarantine according to CDC guidelines has dramatically increased to a point where effective teaching and learning is becoming increasingly more difficult under Phase 3 formatting.

As noted in our Reopening Rapides with a Strong Start Plan released prior to the opening of schools, we knew the possibility of having to toggle between phases may be necessary.

Beginning next Monday, November 16th, our large high schools and some middle schools will revert back to Phase 2 formatting. The Phase 2 guidance for these schools will follow the same guidance as earlier in the school year:

9th-12th Grade

Students will follow a hybrid model with students coming on alternating days


All students will be divided into two groups and will physically attend classes every other day and complete distance learning activities every other day

Classrooms will have no more than 24 students per teacher with social distancing to the maximum extent possible

Students will be allowed to transition between classes throughout the day with precautions

PE, performing arts, and other classes will follow specified protocols

*Some 7th & 8th grade students at certain schools will follow a hybrid model with students coming on alternating days.

Additionally, in the event that students or employees test positive at a rate that prevents safe face to face instruction in any elementary, middle, or high school, individual classes, grade levels, or schools may have to move to distance learning.

The health and safety of our students and employees is our highest priority as we continue to be committed to a supportive and innovative instructional program. Our schools will be communicating with families with the specific schedules they will be following.

As we all continue to navigate this global health pandemic, let’s continue to prove to the world that Rapides Parish truly is #bettertogether.
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Hello Rapides Parish community partners, advocates, and service providers! We had to postpone the September meeting due to Hurricane Laura and are now postponing the meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, October 16th, due to the impact of Hurricane Delta. A new date will be sent soon. Our thoughts are with each of you as you personally recover and help serve families through this challenging time. Please let us know if you have any specific needs we can help you with, and check out some upcoming events and current resources below. 
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CJOA Toy Drive 2020 Now through December 2020 Donate new/gently used unwrapped toys to bring a smile to a child this year. Place toys in the CJOA toy bins and if you have any other donations please contact any CJOA member for pick up. Or contact Terrance Howard 318-955-2057 
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On Friday, October 9, 2020, USDA extended flexibilities to allow free Breakfast and Lunch to be served to all students throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Extending this flexibility will ensure that all students will have access to free meals.The Food and Nutrition Service Department will continue to receive Free and Reduced Meal Applications.

- RPSB FOOD SERVICE

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***COVID-19 Testing-Every day , the National Guard will be at the Rapides Parish coliseum to do COVID-19 Testing. The testing will be 8am-1pm. This is a free service for your community.***FLU VACCINES-Rapides Parish Health Unit will have a one day Flu Shot Clinic October 16,2020 8am-3pm. Again, this is a free drive thru vaccine clinic.

- AHEC-Office of Public Health Louisiana Department of Health

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Parents of Virtual Students, we have created a hotlinetechnology hotline to help with problems such as Google logins, Clever problems, and hotspot issues.

When you call we will ask you for your child’s username and password so we keep your child’s information safe. If you don't have that, please get it from your school before you call. When you’re ready, just dial 318 528-1098. If we are helping someone else, just leave a message and we will return your call as quickly as possible. The technology hotline will take calls from 7:30am until 4pm Monday through Friday.

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