School Superintendent Melissa Stilley says one lesson the Tangipahoa Parish School System has learned in 2020 is that virtual learning is here to stay, and as a result, all local public school students will participate in scheduled “virtual learning” days moving into the spring semester.
Stilley said the district plans to keep Wednesdays as virtual days for high school students during second semester. The district will also sponsor at least one scheduled virtual day per six weeks for students in grades K-8 starting in January. Stilley said Jan. 27, March 10, April 14, and May 5 are currently scheduled as those virtual days for students in grades K-8. These scheduled virtual days will be used to help students practice the skills they need to participate in online instruction. Teachers will also have the opportunity to offer small group intervention, hold parent conferences, provide academic feedback on assignments, and continue with their own professional and content development.
Thursday, Dec. 17, is the final in-person instruction day for Tangipahoa Parish public school students. Dec. 18 is a full-virtual day for all TPSS students, and it marks the final day of the fall semester. Students will return to class with a fully virtual day on Jan. 4, 2021, and in-person instruction resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.