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Superintendent's Message

April 15, 2020

Dear DeSoto Schools Families,

As you know by now, Governor Edwards has ordered that all public schools across Louisiana remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. Although our buildings will remain closed to students, we will continue to provide online learning resources as well as grab & go breakfast and lunch opportunities through May 22nd. https://dps-la.schoolloop.com/faqclosures

We will also begin reaching out to parents very soon with information regarding the end of year grading processes. Please be on the lookout for correspondence from your child’s principal with detailed information.

We understand these are challenging times, and we remain committed to serving our students and you, their families, to the greatest extent possible. We look forward to the day where all of this is behind us, and wish you well throughout the summer months. Together, we will get through these difficult times because we are #DeSotoStrong!

For Students’ Sake,

Clay J. Corley
Superintendent

April 3, 2020

Dear DeSoto Schools Families,

Over the past couple of weeks as our community and school system have grappled with the uncertainties of the current pandemic, I have seen countless people put aside their own concerns and focus on the needs of students and families first. They are among the many true heroes of these times, and we owe them our utmost respect and gratitude. Food service workers, custodians, social workers, maintenance staff, administrators and a host of other employees have come together as a community to join and support our community in ensuring that students remain safe and continue to thrive in these challenging times.

I have seen our community at its best at numerous food distribution sites. I have seen smiling kids who were able to exchange hand waves and smiles with their friends, and a “hello” and a meal from volunteers. I have seen caring and grateful parents – thankful for a few minutes outside and appreciative that they have a place to go to connect with other compassionate people in this time of uncertainty. I have witnessed joy on the faces of volunteers who were energized by a sense of purpose and the knowledge that they continue to make a difference in the lives of our children. Educators, with little notice, have used their own ingenuity to redesign what teaching and learning look like in this new environment, literally over a matter of hours! Our Student Learning staff continues to work tirelessly to provide home learning options for students and parents. Our expectation is that students will be able to stay connected to their schools and their teachers through the use of technology and online learning. This transition is not only important for education continuity, but also for the social and emotional support and connectedness it provides.

Everyone in our district should feel proud of the prioritization of essential services to our children during this pandemic. This will truly define us as a community. Kudos to our firefighters, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, grocery workers, gas station attendants, truckers and so many others that continue to make it possible for us to operate remotely. I am hopeful that, while our community is temporarily isolated physically, we will look for ways to come together emotionally and spiritually and uplift our collective hearts. In my own neighborhood, I see parents and their children playing outside, riding bicycles and walking together while practicing social distancing. I see neighbors talking and smiling – connected perhaps for the first time. I see people sharing food and supplies, and checking in on elderly neighbors to ensure that everyone has their basic needs met.

My greatest hope is that our community rallies behind our commitment and shared efforts to make sure our students continue to feel safe and loved. At this time, we do not know when school will return to normal operation but we are planning for every possible scenario. In the meantime, all of us can take this opportunity to reflect, to come together and help our community rise above the fear and despair. Education has always been a path out of troubled times, and I applaud the unsung heroes – the education community, parents and students, who are united in our commitment to children.

Here in DeSoto Parish, toilet paper and hand sanitizer may be in short supply, yet grit, courage and love are not. I know that, because I have seen those qualities firsthand, and I know in my heart they will continue to guide us in the months ahead.  Be safe and healthy, and as always, remain #DeSotoStrong. 

For Students’ Sake,

Clay J. Corley
Superintendent

March 27, 2020

Dear DeSoto Parish School Families, 

DeSoto Parish School System continues to provide safe and healthy meals for our students. This would not be possible without the partnerships that have formed through our food distribution sites.

The safety of our staff, students, volunteers, partners and visitors is our highest priority. The DeSoto Parish School System will begin taking extra proactive and voluntary steps at each of our distribution sites to help reduce contact with and/or spread of COVID-19. These include:

  • Providing gloves to all volunteers handling food at our warehouse and at distribution sites
  • Increasing the visibility and importance of hand washing in the restrooms and throughout the facility
  • Advising volunteers, staff and visitors to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Advising volunteers, staff and visitors to avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Advising volunteers, staff and visitors to stay home if they display signs of illness, especially fever or cough, or come into contact with affected individuals
  • Reducing the possibility of exposure to our clients by providing all food pre-bagged
  • Encouraging social distancing of at least six feet between people at distribution sites

Please continue to do your part by practicing social distancing, washing hands often, cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces, and staying home when you are sick.  Together, we will get through these difficult times.  We will continue to be #DeSotoStrong!

For Students' Sake,

Clay J. Corley
Superintendent

March 23, 2020

Dear DeSoto Parish School Families,

As the situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to make the best decisions based upon the guidance and information we have at the moment.

We are committed to sharing information with you as soon as possible and understand how much you value our ability to communicate with you effectively. As situations change rapidly, we are doing everything we can to stay on top of our three priorities: student/staff health and safety, educational resources and food distribution.

In light of the Governor’s recent “Stay at Home” order, we ask that you take the necessary precautions to adhere to the order and keep yourself safe and healthy. Also please continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing and handwashing.

Food Distribution

At this time we plan to continue our Grab & Go meal distribution program for our students in need. Our number 1 priority remains the health and safety of our students, but we also take the well-being of our staff very seriously.  We will continue to reevaluate our ability to sustain the program on a daily basis and will communicate any necessary changes as the situation evolves.  Please see our website with the latest times and locations for pick up. We’ve also added a virtual map to help you find the location that best serves your needs.

Instructional Resources for Students

With the exception of our high school students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment courses, all instructional materials provided on our website are optional for students.  We are offering these materials through our district website as a resource to students who choose to participate. There will be no grades taken or required participation in this program. At the present time, we have suspended production of printed materials until further notice.

Technology Update

If you have WIFI at home and have a student who does not have an electronic device, you may check out a chromebook from one of the following locations until noon today.  DPSB Central Office, Logansport High School, North DeSoto Upper Elem, Stanley High School.  After today we will suspend the distribution of all chromebooks until the “Stay at Home” order has been lifted.

District and School Offices

All school facilities are closed to students and the general public through Monday, April 13th. If you have matters that need attention involving district personnel, you may contact them directly via email or call 872-2836 or 872-1198 and leave a message.

Have a Question?

We will continue to update our Frequently Asked Questions page to streamline our communication efforts. If you have a question that has not already been answered on our FAQ site, please email questions@desotopsb.com. Someone will answer your question within 24 hours. 

Social/Emotional Resources

Due to our current situation, our counselors and social workers want to make sure families have the information and resources needed to support the social/emotional health of their children. We will continue to compile information and share resources to support your child through these uncertain times. These are great resources about COVID-19, how to speak with kids, social/emotional health, and relaxation and stress management. Please see the online resources on our Social/Emotional Resources webpage for details.

Graduation Ceremonies

All graduation ceremonies will take place as planned. Should the school closure be extended beyond April 13th, we will reevaluate our plans and make the necessary adjustments. We are committed to offering the Class of 2020 the opportunity to participate in graduation ceremonies so that we can fulfill the culmination of our mission statement.  DeSoto Serves...to care for our students, ensure their learning, and celebrate their graduation as citizens prepared to transform their dreams into realities.

Stay Connected

Please continue to stay connected. We will continue to bring you the most up-to-date information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience as we adapt to this ever-changing situation.

It is during difficult times like these that communities pull together. We have seen once again how special DeSoto Parish is, as evidenced by the overwhelming support our school community has received from so many people. We will get through these uncertain times, and be better because we have done it together.  #DeSotoStrong

 

For Students’ Sake,

Clay J. Corley
Superintendent

March 17, 2020

Dear DeSoto Parish School Families,

As the situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve and unfold, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to make the best decisions based upon the guidance and information we have at the moment.

We are committed to sharing information with you as soon as possible and understand how much you value our ability to communicate with you effectively. As situations change rapidly, we are doing everything we can to stay on top of our three priorities: student/staff health and safety, educational resources and food distribution.

District and School Offices

All school buildings are closed to all students and the general public through Monday, April 13th. Deep cleaning will take place with essential staff remaining on campus until this work is complete. District offices will have assigned staff as needed. The doors will be locked and not open to the public. If you have matters that need attention involving district personnel, you may contact them directly via email or call 872-2836 or 872-1198 and leave a message.

Food Distribution

We have developed a food service plan to provide grab and go breakfast and lunches for our students. Please see our website with the latest times and locations for students to get a FREE meal. We’ve also added a virtual map to help you find the location that best serves your needs.

Instructional Resources for Students

Beginning this week, students will be able to access optional online instructional resources through our district website. Printed materials for students with internet connectivity issues are available at locations across the district. virtual map

Technology Update

We will begin distributing Chromebooks for students in need of a device during the school closure. Students in grades 3-12 may check-out a chromebook from one of the locations provided on our website. 

Have a Question?

We have launched a Frequently Asked Questions page aimed at improving our communication efforts with our community. If you have a question that has not been answered on our FAQ site, please email questions@desotopsb.com. Someone will answer your question within 24 hours. 

Social/Emotional Resources

Due to our current situation with COVID-19, our counselors and school social workers want to make sure families have the information and resources needed to support the social/emotional health of their children. We are currently compiling information and will begin sharing resources to support your child.

Online Resources

In addition, we have some great online resources about COVID-19, how to speak with kids, social/emotional health, and relaxation and stress management. Please see the Social/Emotional Resources webpage for details.

Stay Connected

Please continue to stay connected. We will continue to bring you the most up-to-date information as it becomes available.. Thank you for your patience as we adapt to this ever-changing situation.

It is during difficult times that communities pull together. We have seen once again how special DeSoto Parish is, as evidenced by the overwhelming request to help and support our school community from so many people. We will get through these uncertain times, and be better because we have done it together.  #DeSotoStrong

 

For Students’ Sake,

Clay J. Corley
Superintendent