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Student Learning

Will LEAP tests be adjusted or postponed?

All statewide assessments for the school year 2019-2020 have been suspended. 

What if my child does not have Internet access?

The FCC has launched the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, which many broadband carriers have signed. For the next 60 days, its core provisions will:

  • not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
  • waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
  • open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them

Additionally many Internet Service Providers are offering discounted services for students and other individuals impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis. Please contact your ISP or these known service providers for additional details:

  • AT&T Access Program -- $5/mo and $10/mo. Includes free installation, free in home Wi-Fi and a data allowance of 150GB or 1TB depending on speed available in your area. AT&T is also providing free access to its public WiFi hotspots. Also its consumer home internet wireline customers and fixed wireless internet customers would receive unlimited data. Waive wireless plan overage charges for data, voice or text for residential or small business wireless customers.
  • New Wave Communications -- 15 Mbps internet plan for $10 per month is available for the next 60 days to help families most impacted from coronavirus challenges, such as seniors and students. No documentation will be required to sign up for this plan.
  • Comcast -- New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Internet Essentials customers also have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a discounted price. Comcast is also offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hotspots for everyone for the 60 days. It's also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers.
  • Verizon -- adding 15 GB of data across nearly all of our cell plans, to be used between 03/25/2020 and 04/30/2020. To be eligible, you must be on a qualifying postpaid (unlimited or shared), Jetpack or prepaid plan.
  • CenturyLink Lifeline Program -- provides federal monthly support of $9.25. In some states, additional monthly support is also available.
  • Suddenlink -- Altice Advantage broadband free for 60 days to any new household in our service area with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced and who do not currently have home internet access. Please call 888.633.0030.

**This list of resources is provided as a courtesy. Please contact the individual companies for specific conditions of each offer before acting on anything mentioned here.

Can I submit responses to the online Home learning resources provided?

No. Responses will not be submitted for the Home Learning Resources that are provided during school closures. The Home Learning Resources are meant to keep learning concepts fresh. Students are not expected to complete school work, nor submit school work during this time.

We also ask that while students are working on the online materials that they type answers in a separate Google Doc or record answers on a notebook instead of typing into the linked documents. Some online assignments may also be printed. If the link is not working, please leave a comment and let us know. 

Will PreK RoundUp be postponed or canceled?

In lieu of PreK RoundUp, ALL applications will be completed through the Online Registration System located at www.desotopsb.com.  Applications that have all required documentation and have been electronically signed in the "Review & Submit" tab are considered complete.  Applications are time-stamped when complete, so please go ahead and submit as soon as possible.  The Early Childhood facilitator will contact you if there are any questions about the application, otherwise your child's school will reach out to you with a Welcome Letter and next steps.  Welcome Class of 2034!

Will students have resources that will help them keep up?

The Department of Student Learning will be providing online resources to support the retention of grade level and subject area learning standards. These resources will be in alignment with the information your child has already learned in their classrooms this year. The items will be updated weekly and focus directly on Louisiana State Standards that align to the curriculum used daily in our classrooms. In addition, printed packets of these same materials will be available for pickup at our local parish libraries as well as at the feeding program sites.  Again, these packets will be updated weekly. Students will not be expected to complete school work during this time. However, these materials can be used to focus students on the standards that have already been taught to keep learning concepts fresh.

Has the act test that was scheduled for march 17 and 18 been canceled?

The test has been postponed.  New dates have not been determined. 

Will the elite scholars' dinner be canceled?

Yes. The Elite Scholars' Dinner will be canceled. 

Will students be given access to electronic devices?

Students that have internet access but do not have access to electronic devices such as  desktops, laptops, iPads, Kindle Fire, cell phones, etc. will have an opportunity to check out a chromebook.  DeSoto Public Libraries are partnering with the school district as the location for devices to be checked out to students.  Devices and a checkout system will be in place by Wednesday, March 18th.  

 

questions

Please submit any questions you may have in reference to COVID-19 and School Closures to:

questions@desotopsb.com