St. Tammany schools modify Phase 3 plans

Middle schoolers to transition to daily in-class learning, high school students continue hybrid system
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St. Tammany Parish Public Schools announced Thursday that not all students will transition from a hybrid system to daily in-class instruction for Phase Three.

"After receiving feedback from school administrators, collaborating with health officials, and evaluating the new guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education, we have determined our plan for learning models in Phase 3 could not be implemented at all grade levels due to required changes in protocols and logistics in our 55 brick-and-mortar schools," said Interim Superintendent Pete Jabbia.

"Our plan has been modified, and we will continue to evaluate the situation and make adjustments as needed," he continued. "We want to provide the most productive learning environment for students, but health and safety remain our top priorities."

As a result, students in grades 6-8 will transition from the hybrid model that mixes distance education with traditional classroom instruction to full time in-person learning. On Wednesday, September 30, those students return to school in person five days a week.

Students in grades 9-12 will remain in the hybrid model.

" Beginning Monday, October 5, the modified block schedule will be replaced with a regular schedule where students see all of their teachers on days they attend school in person," said school officials.

The projected date for all high school students to return to five-day-a-week classroom instruction is November 9.

"The transition to daily in-person learning at all grade levels for all students has to be measured and done only when we feel it is safe to do so," Jabbia said. "We appreciate the patience of our STPPS family as we continue to adjust plans and procedures in the best interest of our entire School System."

Students in Pre-K through fifth grade will continue attending school in person five days a week.