News & Announcements

School Zone Reminders

We are so excited to welcome our new crossing guards to Lafargue Elementary School and Bunkie High School. Please remember to slow down in our school zones. It is also important to remember that it is unlawful to use wireless telecommunications, including cell phones, in a school zone. The fines begin at $500 (Louisiana Revised Statutes Tit. 32, § 300.8) and it could create a dangerous situation for our students, as well as our adults. Thank you for working with us to make sure our campuses are safe.

Mask Update for the Avoyelles Public Schools

Effective October 28, 2021, (tomorrow), wearing masks in the Avoyelles Public Schools will be optional. Masks will still be required on our buses because we are under a Federal mask mandate for transportation, until January 2022. Masks will be available on our buses and in our schools.

We will continue to watch our COVID numbers carefully. We will also continue our quarantine procedures. If our COVID numbers increase, we will review our position on masks. Please understand this is a fluid situation and we will make every effort to ensure our students’ safety.
Thank you for working with us to ensure our students have the best possible learning environment.

Opening for LEA Community Project Manager

Notice

The Avoyelles Parish School Board is now
accepting applications for the following
Position: LEA Community Project Manager

Qualifications: Bachelor level or above in
education or above in education and/or
mental health field such as psychology, social
work and/or counseling in an education setting.
Master’s degree preferred.

Skills and Knowledge Required: Knowledge of LEA’s structure at the district and school site level. Ability to communicate effectively with key project personnel at the state and local levels. Ability to serve as project liaison between the state, LEA and participating schools. Organized and able to implement data collection process.

Note: This position is paid with AWARE (Advancing Awareness and Resiliency in Education) Grant funds. This position will be terminated at the end of the grant’s period.

Responsibilities: (1) Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth. (2) Provide training and support to school personnel to detect and respond to youth with mental health issues. (3) Connect students with mental health issues and their families to needed services.

Applications may be obtained at the Avoyelles Parish School Board Office, 221 Tunica Drive West, Marksville, LA

• Deadline for submitting applications on the above positions will be on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.
• Interviews for the above position will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. (Interview is subject to change; however you will be notified of the date and time if we have to change it).


For further information, contact the office of Ms. Thelma J. Prater, Assistant Superintendent, at 318-240-0205.

Paraprofessional Interviews

The Avoyelles Parish School Board is now accepting applications for the following position: Paraprofessionals
Applications may be obtained at the Avoyelles Parish School Board Office, 221 Tunica Drive West, Marksville, La.
• Deadline for submitting applications on the above position will be on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.
• Interviews for position will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

For further information, contact the office of Mrs. Thelma Prater, Assistant Superintendent at 318-240-0205.

APSB Virtual Student Family Support Meetings Today and Tomorrow!!!

Virtual Elementary and Secondary Parent and Family Support Meetings Occurring Regularly for APSB Virtual School Students. We HIGHLY encourage all virtual parents to register via the Zoom link below. Even if you can not attend the live session, if you register you will be sent a link of a recording of the meeting.

New Discipline policy

Attached is the newly adopted discipline policy passed by the Avoyelles Parish School Board on 8/3/202

CDC mask guidelines for schools to remain for rest of school year

CDC mask guidelines for schools to remain for rest of school year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending schools keep to the current COVID-19 guidelines, including mask-wearing and distancing, for the remainder of the schoolyear as most students aren't fully vaccinated.

APSB accepting MtoM transfers

The Avoyelles Parish School Board is accepting applications for Majority to Minority transfers beginning April 6, 2021. The deadline for submitting your child’s application will be June 1, 2021. Applications may be obtained from any elementary or high school in the parish or downloaded from the APSB website (www.avoyellespsb.com). No applications will be accepted after the deadline of 3:00 pm on June 1, 2021. To qualify, the student’s race must be in the majority at the home zoned school and in the minority at requested school.

For more information, you may contact the Avoyelles Parish School Board Central Office at 253-5982.

APSB announces virtual meal pick up plan

Our first food box delivery day will be Tuesday AUGUST 25th from9 am -1 pm.
The child or parent does not have to be present to pick up the food however the form attached must be turned in and signed by the parent/guardian.

TPG Clean Avoyelles Parish Back to School Bus Parade

To support the Avoyelles Parish School Board with their effort to keep our children safe as schools reopen, The Pierite Group Environmental Services will provide complimentary sanitization services for all APSB buses!

Virtual Learning option for the 2020-2021 school year

Attention all parents/guardians of Avoyelles Parish School students:

If you intend on registering for the Virtual Learning option that is being provided for the 2020-2021 school year, you MUST register your child for the program beginning Monday, July 20th through Tuesday July 28th. You must register at your child’s zoned school. (Please note all campuses are closed on July 24th and July 27th.)

Registrants that are new to the Avoyelles Parish School system who want to take advantage of the virtual learning option may register on these dates as well. You will need to provide proof of residence, birth certificate, shot record, and social security card for the child being registered.

You, the parent, must understand that by choosing virtual school, your child will remain a virtual student for a minimum of nine weeks. Parents will be able to opt in at the beginning of each nine weeks for virtual school for the following nine weeks timeframe.

APSB Opening of School Survey

he Avoyelles Parish School Board plans to reopen school with safety precautions in place in August. We also plan to offer a virtual option for those of you who do not feel comfortable sending your child to school. We are asking parents to complete this survey so that we will have an idea of the number of students who plan to choose the virtual option.

PLEASE FILL OUT A SEPARATE SURVEY FOR EACH CHILD IN YOUR HOME WHO IS ENROLLED IN AN APSB SCHOOL.

Food Box pick up for next week

Food boxes will be distributed on June 23. Starting June 23 rd your child will need to be present in the car in order to receive your food box
Or
You will need to complete the bottom section of this
form and turn it in at your pick up site

*Please bring this form back with you in order to keep
the car line moving smoothly*

M-toM Applications for the 2020-2021 school year

Avoyelles Parish School District is accepting M-toM applications for the 2020-2021 school year. The application is attached and can be submitted via email, mail, or dropped off to the school once we reopen.
K-12
• To qualify, the student’s race must be in the majority at the home zoned school and in the minority at the requested school.
• An African American student zoned to a predominantly African American school can be granted a transfer TO a predominately WHITE school only.
• A White student zoned to a predominantly white school can be granted a transfer TO a predominantly African American school only.
• If a child’s race is already in the minority at a school, an M-to-M Transfer cannot be granted to any school.
• M to M transfer eligibility is determined by the ethnic ratios at schools as of May 20, 2020 for the 2020-21 school year.
• Once a student is approved, they remain eligible for the entire time they are in that school. They do not need to apply annually. However, when they move onto the feeder school, they must reapply.
THE AVOYELLES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD WILL PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION FOR M-TO-M STUDENTS
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED BETWEEN: April 1, 2020 – June 2, 2020
***APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE
Submit applications to your child’s principal or to Mrs. Jennifer Dismer at the Avoyelles Parish School Board
PARENTS WILL RECEIVE A RESPONSE BY: July 20, 2020

Graduation and Promotion Guidance

We've been getting MANY questions concerning promotion and graduation of our students. The La Dept of Ed put out some guidance yesterday- it's about 6 pages long so we will try to sum it up here. (You can go to the state department's webpage, www.louisianabelieves.com if you want to see the whole document.) For the most part, whether or not a student is promoted and whether or not a student graduates is up to each local school district. We received a whole bunch of waivers for this year. Here's what we basically have as of now:

Graduation:
A- We have the option of taking the students' grades as of the last day we had school (March 13). If a student was failing, they will have the opportunity to bring their grade up through packets or virtual work. So, packets or virtual work could IMPROVE their grade but it could not make their grade any worse. We can also decide that the student was "close enough" and has not had the opportunity to bring their grade up due to the closing and allow them to graduate.
B- All standardized test requirements are waived. So, if they haven't passed an EOC but they've got the credits they need, they graduate.
C- The FAFSA requirement is waived (But still highly recommended)
D- IBC requirements are waived
E- We also can convert grades to Pass/Fail (but we really don't want to because this will create some issues with ranking and GPA so we probably won't).

(The ACT requirement for graduating juniors has also been waived, but we STRONGLY recommend taking it this summer.)

If we return on May 1, which is scheduled as of now, we will basically have 3 weeks to work on our non graduates' grades and make promotional decisions. If we don't return at all, these are a few guidelines we will use:

Promotion for all other students:
A- Again, these decisions will all be made at the school level
B- Same option with grades as our graduates- either give them what they had when we last met or give them the opportunity to bring the grades up through the packets or virtual work.
C- Each school will be putting out some things concerning these issues on their individual schools' facebook pages.

If you have questions, leave them here and we will try to answer them. Please keep questions on this post to only those involving promotion or graduation. It may be even better to call your child's school on Tuesday from 8:00-1:00 when someone is there to answer. You can also always email your child's school with any questions also.

Please be patient, I know you all want answers, but new situations are arising every day.

APSB suspends Food Services until further notice

A conference call was held last night with representatives from
the Governor's Office, the Louisiana
Department of Education and state superintendents. All facets of the school food service program were
discussed. The issue is not whether feeding students is important. We all agree that it is. At the same
time, staff and employee safety must also be considered.

In one week alone, through the efforts of our dedicated employees and volunteers, we have fed more
students than we do in the entire summer. While this program is important, we must consider the safety and well-being of our employees. Not only is there a shortage of adequate protective gear such as gloves, face masks and thermometers, but we have no idea who may or may not have been exposed to the COVID-19 at this time.

Accordingly, given the shortage of these supplies and to protect both our employees and those who are consuming the provided meals, our school system is suspending these services until further notice.

The state did inform us that they are working with the National Guard and other entities to possibly have their own feeding program up an running by next week.

CoVID-19 Instructional Resources and Guidance

In lieu of a distance education program, the district is providing optional enrichment instructional resources that can be utilized to support student learning at home. These resources are available for students in grades Pre-K through 12. The resources span core content areas – ELA, math, science and social studies.

Student Enrichment Instructional Resources:

APSB Website – APSB has created a one-stop shop for students, parents, and educators to locate quality resources to continue learning enrichment at home.
Louisiana Department of Education – The Avoyelles Parish School System will provide updates on resources released by the Louisiana Department of Education. These resources will be developed by the department in partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB). The online hub is set to launch on March 18th and will consist of links to High-Quality Curriculum Resources.
Dual Enrollment Courses: Individual schools will be working with their teams to address options for Dual Enrollment courses based on guidance received from our local colleges and universities.

Meningococcal vaccine now required

The La. State Dept. of Health and Hospitals requires a meningococcal vaccine booster due at age 16, effective July 1, 2019. If your child is presently 16 years or older, he/she needs this vaccination. Please schedule an appointment with your physician or the health unit. Once your child has received the required vaccination, please bring the Universal Certificate of Immunization to the school nurse.
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