Livingston Schools Announce Virtual Program

Livingston Schools Announce Virtual Program
Posted on 07/06/2020
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New Program Not a Response to COVID-19, But Alternative for Current Home School, Charter and Private Students




LIVINGSTON, La.
– Livingston Parish Public Schools will launch a full-time virtual school this fall, open to students in grades 6-12, who are well-suited for rigorous online instruction, or who may find it to be a better alternative to current home school, charter or private instruction formats.

Assistant Superintendent Jody Purvis said the district will begin accepting applications of interest tomorrow (July 7). Those applications can be accessed electronically through Facebook at Livingston Virtual, or on the web at www.livingstonvirtual.org. He said parents may also send email inquiries to livingstonvirtual@lpsb.org or call 225-686-4333.

“Our district has been researching an effective virtual school option for our students for over three years, and we believe the format we plan to offer this fall will give them the best structure for success,” Purvis said. “Livingston Virtual will provide students with a rigorous, independent format that is reinforced through face-to-face instructional support and access to social interactions, including extracurricular activities at their in-district campuses and unique community activities.”

He said the program is not a social distance learning option for students who have concerns returning to school due to COVID-19. He said provisions for those concerns are still being discussed by school leaders and will be announced separately.

Purvis noted that the program is open only to students residing in Livingston Parish. An annual technology and supply fee of $100 per student will be required, as each student will be provided with a computer and curriculum.

The priority application deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 31. The priority application deadline to apply for the spring semester is Nov. 30. Limited openings are available, and applications and all requested documentation will be reviewed by the Livingston Parish Schools Admissions Committee to determine approved enrollment in the program.

“This program is designed to successfully deliver our virtual students to the same destination as our traditional students, but just by a different path,” said Lorna Ott, administrator of the Livingston Virtual Program. “The content standards in the curriculum of the program will be the same as those in our traditional brick-and-mortar schools. But we do believe the program will offer some students the opportunity to excel in a different learning environment.”

Ott said district leaders hope to offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses, College Board Exams (CLEP), and dual enrollment classes in partnership with local universities for students enrolled in Livingston Virtual.

Purvis said students who matriculate through the Livingston Virtual program will earn a standard high school diploma that meets state and school board requirements and is recognized by post-secondary education institutions, the military, and employers. Students will have access to extracurricular activities that are offered by their in-district schools, including after school activities, school sponsored dances, homecoming activities, graduation and potentially sports.

He said online instruction will be supported with online interaction with the instructor, as well as required face-to-face sessions, which will be held at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker. The Livingston Virtual program will include community field trips within the structure to offer positive opportunities for service and social interaction, as well as mandatory class attendance, a minimum GPA requirement, and participation in standardized testing to adhere to state-mandated policies. He said all transportation needs will be the responsibility of the student and/or parents.

Notice of Discrimination

The Livingston Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment), and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794). The Title IX Coordinator is Stephen Parrill

Livingston Parish Public Schools is committed to ensuring that all websites and web applications, both public-facing and for internal use, conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (W.C.A.G.) 2.0 Level AA. Any issues should be reported toLPWebAccessibility@lpsb.org. (stephen.parrill@lpsb.org), Assistant Superintendent, P.O. Box 1130, Livingston, LA 70754; Phone (225) 686-7044. The Special Education Director is Dr. Eric Penalber (eric.penalber@lpsb.org); the LPPS 504 Coordinator is Marcia McKnight (Marcia.McKnight@lpsb.org), P.O. Box 1130 Livingston, LA 70754; Phone (225)686-4248.

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