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Laurel School District COVID Numbers

The Mississippi State Department of Health requires all school districts to report prior week numbers every Monday. Each school is reported even if there are no cases. Previous week numbers reported to Mississippi State Department of Health on, January 18, 2021 is as follows:

 

Isolated Students
(positives) Jan. 11-15

Isolated Staff
(positives)
Jan. 11-15
Quarantined Students
(exposed)
Jan. 11-15
Quarantined Staff
(exposed)
Jan. 11-15
TOTAL Isolated Students since August 17

TOTAL Isolated Staff since August 17

TOTAL Quarantined Students since August 17

TOTAL Quarantined Staff since August 17

Central office -- 1 -- 5 -- 8 -- 18
laurel high 4 3 36 7 22 21 159 56
laurel middle 1 1 6 1 8 13 347 43
laurel upper 0 0 8 2 3 3 43 7
laurel magnet 3 0 3 2 10 2 71 19
mason Elem 0 2 27 7 4 10 109 28
oak park 1 2 4 2 7 12 109 36
LEC 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0

We currently have 0 outbreak. (An outbreak is defined as ≥ 3 cases of COVID-19 in an individual classroom or group sports team, group activity, band, other) Total outbreaks since reporting began: 3

 

Posted December 11, 2020 

Schools will remain on the hybrid schedule following Christmas break

As cases continue to rise in the state and in our community, the Laurel School District has made the decision to remain on the Hybrid Schedule following Christmas Break. Following the holiday, students will continue to report according to the A/B Schedule. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and if we see it necessary to move individual schools to all-virtual, we will communicate that as needed. Christmas holiday is December 21 – January 1. Students will return Monday, January 4, 2021,

Posted December 11, 2020 

Laurel High School Update

For the week of December 14-18, 2020, Laurel High School will transition to a virtual model for all students who are not participating in a State Assessment. The only students who will report to Laurel High School are those students who will take their End-of-Course Assessment in Biology I, English II, and U.S. History for Semester I. These students will have to report physically every day until they have completed their assessment, then they will be able to finish the remainder of the week working virtually. School will dismiss daily at 1:15 pm. Testing schedule is available on the high school's website and will be communicated via School Status.

Posted December 7, 2020 

Laurel basketball updates

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the community and state at an alarming rate, the Laurel School District is cancelling the remaining Laurel Middle School basketball games, and all Laurel High School home varsity basketball games will be played without spectators for the remainder of 2020. A reevaluation will be made after Christmas break. In the interim, varsity home basketball games will be live streamed on the Laurel Golden Tornadoes Athletics Facebook page. These are challenging times, and we ask for patience as we strive to keep our students and community safe. Please wear a mask, wash your hands often, and social distance when possible. It will take us all working together.

Posted December 6, 2020 

Laurel Middle School will move to Virtual Only Monday, Dec. 7 until Christmas break

Due to an increase in staff quarantines and the inability to provide adequate on-campus services, Laurel Middle School will move to all virtual learning beginning Monday, December 7, 2020 until Christmas break. Students will return to traditional school on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Grab & Go Meal pick-up will be held Mondays - Fridays for the two weeks in the Laurel Middle School front car-rider lane 12:00 - 12:45 pm. Please complete the following reservation link to participate in meal pick-up. If you previously completed the December reservation form, please complete this new link if you wish to continue meal pick-up. https://forms.gle/Ks83Pe5bTo6HowBH6

Laurel Middle School teachers will be reaching out with virtual classroom instructions. All other schools in the Laurel School District will remain hybrid.

Posted November 28, 2020 

Oak Park and Laurel Magnet will return to Hybrid on Monday, Nov, 30

After sending out the earlier communication about virtual learning for Oak Park and Laurel Magnet, a creative plan was developed by our child nutrition director that will allow the Laurel High School Culinary Arts students the opportunity to gain their internship experiences at our elementary cafeterias, allowing for regular meal service for our students. We are excited to have the culinary arts students join our team and gain their on-the-job training right here in the Laurel School District, while serving alongside our veteran nutrition experts. School will be in session for OP and LMSA on the hybrid schedule beginning Monday, November 30, 2020. As the pandemic continues to bring about unusual circumstances, we thank you all for your patience as we work through the challenges with creativity and the relentlessness of a Golden Tornado.

Posted November 27, 2020 

Oak Park and Laurel Magnet will be full virtual for one week

Due to the quarantine of a number of employees and the inability to provide adequate cafeteria services, Oak Park Elementary School and Laurel Magnet School of the Arts will be virtual only beginning Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4, 2020, and will return to hybrid on Monday, December 7, 2020. All other schools in the Laurel School District will remain hybrid.

Posted November 17, 2020 

Return to Hybrid for 3 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state of Mississippi and with the holidays approaching, the Laurel School District will transition back to the Hybrid Model of Learning beginning when students return from Thanksgiving break on Monday, November 30, 2020. As the holidays typically bring groups and families together, we feel this transition will help limit the potential spread of the coronavirus in our schools following the holiday. Schools will return to the Traditional Model of Learning following Christmas break, beginning January 4, 2021. Virtual Only students will continue with online learning.

We ask everyone to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting gatherings, or having gatherings outdoors, wearing masks, social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene. It will take us all working together to protect our community.

Posted November 9, 2020 

Annual Thanksgiving meal with parents update

As a result of COVID-19, we will not offer our traditional Thanksgiving meal in the month of November. As much as we enjoy this tradition, it would be difficult to abide by CDC guidelines in providing this meal. We want to take every precaution to keep our children and our community safe. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to reinstituting this time honored tradition next year.

October 30, 2020 

Device Pick-up Re-Scheduled for Nov. 4, 2020

The device distribution for first grade through 12th grade students will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm for our elementary schools and middle school, and 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm for the high school. Each school will have a designated drive through location. The devices must be picked up by a parent/guardian and a photo ID will be required. There will be paperwork to sign, and we will make a copy of our technology handbook available under the families menu of the district website. We ask that parents do not exit the vehicle and please be patient with traffic flow.

Once the device is received, the device cover is not to be removed. Removal of the cover will void the warranty and cause incurred cost to the parent. We will be launching a help desk in the coming weeks where parents can receive any needed technology assistance related to the device. Elementary students will leave devices at home, and middle and high school students will be required to bring them back and forth between home and school.

First grade – 12th grade device drive-through pick-up locations.

November 4, 2020 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Laurel Middle School and Laurel Upper Elementary School: bus loop located on Ferrill Street

Oak Park Elementary School: Car rider lane in front of school

Mason Elementary School: Car rider lane in front of school

Laurel Magnet School of the Arts: Car rider lane on 4th Avenue in back of school

 

November 4, 2020 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Laurel High School: begin in front parking lot

 

For the 2020-2021 school year, there will be no technology fee to receive a device.

October 16/27, 2020

(cancelled due to Hurricane Zeta)

Device Pick-up Scheduled for Oct. 28

The Laurel School District is excited to announce that the student chromebooks were delivered on Wednesday.  It was an exciting day in the district as personnel unloaded box after box of much needed devices. The chromebooks are for students in first grade through 12th grade in the Laurel School District. We have ordered developmentally appropriate tablets for our kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students, and we hope to receive 443 ipads in the coming weeks, so kindergarten parents, stay tuned for an announcement. Additionally, we are awaiting delivery of 250 laptops for our teachers.

The device distribution for first grade through 12th grade students will be held Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm for our elementary schools and middle school, and 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm for the high school. Each school will have a designated drive through location. The devices must be picked up by a parent/guardian and a photo ID will be required. There will be paperwork to sign, and we will make a copy of our technology handbook available under the families menu of the district website. We ask that parents do not exit the vehicle and please be patient with traffic flow. For the 2020-2021 school year, there will be no technology fee to receive a device.

Once the device is received, the device cover is not to be removed. Removal of the cover will void the warranty and cause incurred cost to the parent. We will be launching a help desk in the coming weeks where parents can call to receive any needed technology assistance related to the device. Elementary students will leave devices at home, and middle and high school students will be required to bring them back and forth between home and school.

First grade – 12th grade device drive-through pick-up locations.

October 28, 2020 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Laurel Middle School and Laurel Upper Elementary School: bus loop located on Ferrill Street

Oak Park Elementary School: Car rider lane in front of school

Mason Elementary School: Car rider lane in front of school

Laurel Magnet School of the Arts: Car rider lane on 4th Avenue in back of school

October 28, 2020 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Laurel High School: begin in front parking lot

October 13, 2020 

Return to Traditional

All schools in the Laurel School District will transition from Hybrid to Traditional beginning Monday, October 26, 2020, with all students attending every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the elementary schools and middle school. 

Wednesdays at the elementary schools and middle school will still be reserved for small groups, deep cleaning, and virtual learning for both traditional and online students. 

High school students will attend regular schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and Wednesday being an abbreviated day, dismissing at 1:15 pm.

All COVID-19 prevention measures will remain in place, including masks and temperature checks.

Due to the extensive number of virtual only students who are failing to complete their work and engage in the online instruction, the Virtual Only option will continue only for those students who have met the following three requirements.

1. Good virtual attendance

2. High engagement

3. Passing grades

Students who do not meet those three requirements must return to traditional unless they have a doctor’s excuse that requires the student remain at home.

Deadline to change learning modes is October 19, 2020. Please contact your child’s school with questions.

September 3, 2020 

Calendar Update Reminder

Due to the delayed start to the 2020-2021 school year, School will be in session on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020. Hybrid Group A will attend in person, Hybrid Group B will attend virtually and Virtual Only students will login for lessons. Updated Laurel School District School Calendar 2020-2021

July 29, 2020 

School start date moved to August 24

The Laurel School District Board of Trustees approved the district’s recommendation to move the start of school by two weeks. Teachers will return August 14, 2020 and students will return August 24, 2020. This will allow the district an additional two weeks to complete our COVID-19 preparations, and receive all of the safety supplies that have been ordered. Additionally, the district will provide a virtual only option for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. This new season of our lives has created new challenges, but we remain committed to academics and the health of our Tornado family.

July 21, 2020 

What is the difference between Virtual Learning and Homeschool? 

We understand that some parents are uncomfortable sending their children back to school in August, so the Laurel School District is providing a Virtual Learning only option for families who do not wish to participate in the hybrid model of attending in person two days and virtual three days. To qualify for Virtual Learning only you must register your child with their school and make that request to the school by completing the Virtual Learning Only Student Request Form available at all school offices in the district.

So what does Virtual Learning mean? Virtual Learning through the Laurel School District will provide students with access to a certified teacher, access to the district’s many grade specific curriculum plans, breakfast and lunch pick-up options, and other student support services as needed. The students work will be monitored and graded by our teachers to help keep them on track. Those participating in Virtual Learning only will not qualify to participate in extracurricular activities including athletics, choir, clubs, etc.

What about traditional homeschool? If you choose to go the traditional homeschool route, you do not register with the district, and you do not receive access to one of our certified teachers. To do traditional homeschool, you must register your intentions with a local Mississippi Department of Education School Attendance Officer, and you must provide the curriculum your child will need. Additionally, you will not qualify for school meal pick-up, or our other student support services. At any point you wish to rejoin the district, your child will be tested for grade-level placement. Homeschoolers are not allowed to participate in the schools’ extracurricular activities including athletics, choir, clubs, etc.

There are only one area where Virtual Learning will not be offered. Due to small class sizes, students attending Laurel Education Center will not participate in Virtual Learning. LEC students will attend school Mondays through Fridays with Wednesdays being a half day.

With questions, contact your child’s school or email info@laurelschools.org.

July 14, 2020 

Restart and Recovery Plan

Laurel School District Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

By Lacey Slay, Public Information  Officer

Headline: Laurel School Board approves hybrid learning model

The Laurel School District Board of Trustees approved the district’s recommendation to return to school utilizing a hybrid model. The district’s hybrid model calls for students to attend school two days a week and participate in at-home virtual learning the remaining three days.

“We know that children learn best when physically present in a classroom, however we must put safety first during these uncertain times,” said Laurel School District Superintendent Dr. Toy L. Watts.

The Laurel School District’s team of administrators, teachers, parents and community leaders worked throughout the summer to prepare a plan that best meets the needs of the Laurel community.

“We understand that there will be challenges this upcoming school year, and we are asking everyone to work together to provide the best educational opportunities possible for our students,” Watts said.

The schools are currently working to assign students to a Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday schedule for attending school in person. That information will be released by the schools prior to school beginning on Monday, August 10, 2020. Wednesdays are set aside for small-group tutoring, professional development, online instruction and deep cleaning prior to the second group of students attending school.

All employees and students will be required to wear a mask, and the district is increasing cleaning efforts. Temperatures of every employee and student will be checked before entering the building, and staff members will be trained on spotting signs of COVID-19. Additionally, the schools will promote social distancing where possible.

The district’s bus occupancy will be decreased, which will increase the number of routes necessary to get students to school. The district is encouraging parents to drive students when possible to assist with further decreasing the number of students needing bus transportation. There will be no assemblies until further notice, and meals will be eaten in the classroom or in small groups in the cafeteria. On days students are receiving virtual instruction at home, a meal pick-up option will be available to parents.

The district is planning a completely virtual learning option for parents who may not be comfortable sending their children to school. The district is waiting on guidance from the Mississippi Department of Education on how to take attendance for virtual school. That information and a parent request form will be added to the district website once guidance is received.

“We know there will be lots of questions and some details are still in the works,” Watts said. “I invite everyone to visit the link below and read the plan.”

The district is accepting parent questions via email to info@laurelschools.org and those will be added to the frequently asked questions section of the district’s updates webpage.

“Please know that this plan is subject to change at any point throughout the school year as we receive guidance from state and federal officials,” Watts said. “We thank everyone for their patience as we work through these new processes, and we appreciate every member of our Tornado family.”

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