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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Bossier Schools COVID19 Updates
Bossier Schools Reinstates Meal Program

Bossier Schools will reinstate its grab-and-go meal program with modifications for students 18 years of age and younger beginning Monday, March 30, 2020.

In an effort to provide meals to our students in need, yet limit contact and protect employees, the district has contracted the services of an outside vendor, Revolution Foods, to provide pre-made meals and enlisted the help of volunteers to distribute them at eight school sites.

Grab-and-Go Meal Sites

Bossier Parish students will be provided two breakfasts and two lunches on Mondays and three breakfasts and three lunches on Wednesdays. Volunteers will distribute the meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the following serving sites: Benton Elementary, Bossier Elementary, Central Park Elementary, Elm Grove Middle, Meadowview Elementary, Plantation Park Elementary, T.L. Rodes Elementary, Waller Elementary.

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Another option being made available by Baylor and the USDA Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty is home delivery of meals. Families can elect to have meals shipped via UPS if their child attends one of these 15 Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools: Bossier Elementary, Bossier High, Butler Educational Complex, Central Park Elementary, Elm Grove Elementary, Greenacres Middle, Haughton Elementary, Kerr Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, Plain Dealing K-12, Plantation Park Elementary, Platt Elementary, Rusheon Middle, T.L. Rodes Elementary and Waller Elementary. 

Eligibility is automatic, but parents must apply by Wednesday, April 1, 2020 using this registration link. Please note that applications cannot be approved until after the April 1 deadline and meal shipments will not begin until the week of April 6.

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Bossier Schools is pleased to be able to offer this valuable service again to the children of our parish. Special thanks to Northpoint Community Church for coordinating with local churches to supply volunteers to hand out the meals at our school serving sites.

Bossier Schools Supplemental Learning

Bossier Schools will be offering supplemental learning options in two formats: online and in print. This material is to support and reinforce content previously taught to your child. While this will not take the place of regular classroom instruction, we encourage our students and families to utilize these resources to supplement learning at home. No new learning standards will be taught, with the exception of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses. Those students in AP and DE courses will be contacted by their teacher with further instructions.

Students can access those supplemental online resources beginning Monday, March 23 by using their bossierstudents.org student account.

Internet Access for Families and Students

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has launched the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, which many broadband carries have signed. Visit the official FCC site to see the comprehensive list of ISPs and companies that have signed the pledge that states:

  • 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
  • Offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. $5/mo or $10/mo thereafter, depending on your speed.
  • AT&T has expanded eligibility for its low-cost $10 per month Internet plan, Access from AT&T, to households participating in the National School Lunch Program/Head Start.
  • Waiving all home internet data overage fees

Limited income households can apply for reduced cost internet access where available from CenturyLink Lifeline

  • Offering Altice Advantage Internet solution free for 60 days to any new customer household with K-12 and/or college students who do not currently have home internet within their footprint. After your first two free months expire, you can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Altice Advantage Internet customer.
  • If you live in the Optimum service area, please call 866.200.9522
  • If you live in the Suddenlink service area, please call 888.633.0030

More info here.

Verizon said it is waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers "negatively impacted by the global crisis."

More information here.

  • ALL current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have plans with data will have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming).
  • T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers on smartphone plans with hotspot data an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days.
  • Working with their Lifeline partners to provide customers extra free data up to 5GB of data per month over the next two months.
  • Increasing the data allowance for schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month for the next 60 days.
  • MetroSmart Hotspot devices will be half off, and the $35 per month data plan will include 20GB — double the normal monthly data — for the next 60 days.

More info here.

  • Customers will automatically receive complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3 through April 30, 2020.
  • Waiving reconnection fees for customers through April 30, 2020.
  • Customers currently on an unlimited data plan with Boost Mobile, will automatically receive an additional 20 Gigs of mobile hotspot on their plans at no extra cost through April 30, 2020.
  • Customers currently on a tiered plan with Boost Mobile, will automatically receive an additional 20 Gigs of data on their plans at no extra cost through April 30, 2020. No need to call or update your account.

More info here.

  • Offering nationwide high-speed 4G LTE internet service. Plans are prepaid with no credit check or hidden fees. PCs for People now ships all modems, so your devices should arrive in 3-5 business days.
  • Plans start at $15 for 1 month up to $180 for 12 months

More info here.

LOUIS Libraries has worked with The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the state library, and public libraries to build a master list of library locations with wifi access details. View the map here.

Report Cards, Testing and Other Dates
  • LDOE Accountability & Assessment Updates
  • Report cards can be viewed on Illuminate. Those not registered for Illuminate should contact their child’s school principal for a hard copy.  
  • The state has canceled the March 17th ACT test until further notice.
  • The College Board has canceled the SAT until further notice.
  • The graduation date for high school seniors cannot be confirmed at this time until the state gives districts further direction.
  • Bossier Schools is not currently enrolling new students.
  • All school events are canceled until further notice.
  • Bossier Schools' i3 Art Expo has been canceled. 
Prevention

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is responding to the  Coronavirus Disease.  Prevention is key! There are steps that can help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when your are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect with cleaning spray or wipe.

For up-to-date information on the Coronavirus Disease, visit the CDC Website.

FAFSA Application Help

For students and parents who need help walking through the FAFSA, please fill out this form to be contacted by a Career Compass Coach to help you fill out or troubleshoot your FAFSA.