In response to extended school closures, state education leaders urge school systems to offer distance learning

Apr 2, 2020, 16:20 PM by BESE Admin

Distance Learning Critical for Stability, Student and Family Engagement 

In response to Gov. John Bel Edwards's announcement today to extend Louisiana's stay-at-home order and school facility closures until April 30, Acting State Superintendent Beth Scioneaux and state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) President Sandy Holloway issued the following joint statement about next steps for school systems. They said:

"School facilities may remain closed, but the education and well-being of our students and their families continue to be a top priority. For this reason, it is critical that school systems engage with students and families, including by providing distance education opportunities. This not only ensures academic progress and social support for students and families; it provides stability during an uncertain and unprecedented time. 

Many school systems quickly embarked on this work, and we commend them for demonstrating creativity and ingenuity to serve the needs of their unique communities. 

As we move forward, we, at the Louisiana Department of Education and BESE, stand committed to supporting school systems as they make local decisions regarding distance education opportunities and the remainder of the school year, and to fulfilling our collective mission of serving every child, every day."

The statement of support comes after the Department issued guidance to school systems regarding distance education opportunities (will open in new tab) for all students, including those with disabilities (will open in new tab). All related guidance and resources can be found on the Department's COVID-19 web page. (will open in new tab)

For more information, contact:
Kevin Calbert

BESE is the administrative policymaking body for elementary and secondary schools in Louisiana. The Board sets key education initiatives and works to outline an education agenda to achieve continuous improvement of public education as measured by student and school achievement.