Today the superintendent held a press conference. You can watch the full press conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvEKPjS31GU
Here is a quick overview of his big announcement. As a result of the Covid19 pandemic, the district has seen academic and social emotional gaps across the district. By starting school early through the mandatory Smart Start school year, EBR's goal is to provide students additional time in the classroom and ultimately provide more time to bridge the learning gaps for students. Additionally, the district will be providing a full week of targeted PD for school system leaders and full week of targeted PD for our educators.
EBRPSS is currently anticipating a full in-person return to school for the 2021-2022 school year. A separate all virtual option will be available for families who choose to remain virtual. The district will provide more information on the all virtual option once it becomes available.
Here are the important dates that are currently available:
- 07/12/2021 Principal and Leadership PD Week
- 7/19/2021 Teacher Professional Development Week
- 7/26/2021 EBRPSS Employee Convocation (Hybrid Event)
- 7/28/2021 First day of School for EBRPSS Students (In Person)
We know this news comes with many questions, and we will try our best to answer them sufficiently. Please click on the link below and use this form to provide us with any questions, concerns, and comments so that we can work to address them.
Students and Families
Q: Is attendance mandatory? If my child is unable to attend because of prior engagements, will my child’s attendance record be impacted?
A: Yes, these will be considered a true instructional day. Absences will be counted.
Q: Is the second-semester calendar impacted?
A: No, the second semester will remain the same.
Q: Will transportation be running for the first day of school?
A: Yes, transportation will run. The department will send out bus route cards over the summer with more information.
Q: Will students receive all of their schedules at the high school level and will the schools have freshman orientation?
A: Schools will adjust any previously scheduled activities to adapt to the new calendar.
Q: Will virtual schools still be available for students who would like to continue in the virtual environment?
A: Yes, the EBR Virtual Academy will be open to students who wish to learn virtually.
Q: Will the school cafeterias provide meals for the students during Smart Start?
A: Yes, the Child Nutrition department is committed to providing children with nutritious meals.