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Clip art of a school lunchEvery Bossier Parish student will eat for free the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, resulting in big savings for their families during the pandemic that has led to financial constraints for so many.  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Congress worked together to extend federal waivers through the end of the current school year. All students, regardless of income, will now be able to eat free breakfast and lunch at their schools under the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO). This includes schools not designated as Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools.

“This is welcome relief for Bossier Parish families at a time when it is needed most,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey. “School meals are paramount to education because children cannot focus if they are hungry. We also want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the entire Child Nutrition department for its continued commitment throughout the pandemic to ensure the students of Bossier Parish do not go hungry.” 

Families whose children have money remaining in their My School Bucks account can request a refund by printing and filling out the attached form, then returning it to their child's school. The money will, otherwise, remain in their individual accounts and roll over to next school year.  

Parents are still responsible for any prior outstanding meal balances. Extra sales will be offered, but students will incur a cost for those items.

Posted 10/22/20

BPSTIL logoOnce again, Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning (BPSTIL) is living up to its name and reputation as being on the forefront of innovation.  

Pending the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees, BPSTIL will extend its partnership with Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) to become an off-campus institution site and, for the first time, offer coursework for more than 50-percent of a program.

This approval will result in furthering dual enrollment opportunities for high school students who register for courses in health occupations or information technology pathways on the BPSTIL campus.

This initiative is the result of a strong partnership with BPCC, which has a history of providing educational opportunities for students enrolled in Bossier Schools.

BPSTIL is proud to partner with BPCC and looks forward to building additional pathways to provide students with further opportunities to increase dual enrollment opportunities. 

Posted 9/28/20

 

Photo of Douglas Graham with his principal Teri HoweBenton High senior Douglas Graham has been named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program and presented with a Letter of Commendation by school principal Teri Howe.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These scholastically talented seniors placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

Bossier Schools congratulates Douglas Graham on this tremendous honor! 

Posted 9/25/20

BPSB logoBeginning Monday, September 21 all Bossier Parish high school students on the A/B hybrid schedule will transition to daily in-school learning. This does not affect those who are 100% virtual.

Transportation will continue to be challenging at all grade levels due to school bus capacity limitations, so parents who are able to transport their children to and from school are being encouraged to do so.

Also, please note on Tuesday, October 6, only seniors will report to our high school campuses to take the ACT test that was scheduled for last spring. Bossier Parish students in grades 9th-11th will NOT report to school that day and there will be no BPSTIL classes. Instead, they will have a virtual learning day.

Students in grades PreK-8th are not affected and will still attend school in person on October 6.   

We look forward to seeing our high school students return next Monday.

Posted 9/16/20

BPSB logoStarting Monday, September 14 all Bossier Parish middle school students on the A/B hybrid schedule will transition to daily in-school learning following Governor John Bel Edwards’ announcement that the state is shifting into Phase 3. 

This affects all 6th-8th graders. High school students will remain on the A/B schedule for now to allow our schools and transportation department time to adjust and ensure the safest transition possible for our children. An announcement for high school students will be forthcoming. This does not impact students who are 100-percent virtual learners. 

Parents able to transport their children of all ages to and from school are still being asked to do so to assist with the reduced capacity limits on buses that will remain in place. Please note all mitigation efforts will remain in effect at our schools, which include wearing face masks, practicing social distancing, heightened hand hygiene, increased cleaning and disinfection, and an emphasis on keeping children home when they are sick.  

We look forward to seeing our middle schoolers on Monday and know they are equally excited to see their friends and classmates.

Posted 9/10/20

Photo of three National Merit Scholar SemifinalistsThree Bossier Parish high school seniors have been named Semifinalists in the elite National Merit Scholarship Program. 

George Allen from Haughton High and Evan Bonar and Shane Hartnett, students at Benton High, were cited for exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The three now have the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and compete for National Merit Scholarships that will be awarded next spring. Over 90-percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. 

Being chosen as a Semifinalist is a feat in itself. Last year, more than 1.5 million juniors entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one-percent of all U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. 

Bossier Schools congratulates these exemplary students and wishes them the best as they now advance in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship competition.

Posted 9/9/20

BPSB logoAll Bossier schools and centers will reopen at their normal times Monday, August 31. Monday will also mark the first day for our Kindergarten students.

For families who remain without power and whose students are learning remotely, please contact your child’s school principal who will work with you on an individual basis.

Posted 8/30/20

 

Notice that Bossier Schools will remain closed FridayAll Bossier schools and centers will remain closed Friday, August 28 due to widespread power outages in the community and at several school sites. 

Classes will resume Monday, August 31 and will mark the first day for Kindergarten.

For those students on the hybrid schedule, it will be a ‘B’ week, meaning middle and high school students whose last names start with L-Z will attend school for in-person instruction on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and will learn remotely Monday and Wednesday.

Group ‘A’ will report to school Monday and Wednesday and learn remotely Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 

We appreciate your understanding and hope your family is staying safe.

Posted 8/27/20

BPSB mission and vision statementFor the second consecutive year, Bossier Schools has shattered another all-time high graduation rate and set  a record within the district.

State cohort graduation data for 2018-19 was released today by the Louisiana Department of Education and Bossier Schools received news that 88-percent of its Class of 2019 graduated, reflecting a gain of 2.4 percentage points from the previous year. This means a greater percentage of students than ever before are receiving their high school diplomas and are better positioned for success in their adult lives.

Each high school in Bossier Parish showed gains and strengths. Plain Dealing saw its graduation rate skyrocket by more than 16 points, reaching 86.7-percent. Haughton and Parkway showed growth of 2.60-percent and 4.70-percent, respectively, in their graduation rates; and more than 60-percent of students in the Bossier High Class of 2019 earned credentials beyond a high school diploma. This is the result of them taking advantage of opportunities such as Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment, as well as Industry Based Certifications. Airline and Benton High Schools both surpassed a 90-percent graduation rate, which is the benchmark for Louisiana’s 2025 Vision and indicative that a school has met raised expectations in the state’s accountability system.

Other significant wins were earned by three 2019 cohort sub-groups; students identified as economically disadvantaged showed a 4.9-percent increase; students with disabilities marked a 7.6-percent gain and 100-percent of those in the military cohort sub-group graduated.  

“These gains are a tribute to our amazing teachers, counselors, staff and students who continue to raise the bar on a daily basis and meet those expectations,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey. “This is not merely data, but real student success stories. It reflects the heart of education and the concerted effort we make to ensure our seniors make it across the finish line and exit stage left with a diploma in hand. That is ultimately our district’s greatest reward.” 

Posted 7/29/20

 

BPSB logo with cover page of Bossier STRONG Start 2020Bossier Schools anticipates a strong start to the 2020-21 academic year, which will begin August 12 for Bossier Parish students, whether they are learning at school or virtually from home. 

Today the district unveiled Bossier STRONG Start 2020, outlining the guidelines and best practices for reopening schools. The plan is a culmination of months of planning with local and state education leaders and medical experts that prioritizes the health and safety of students and staff returning to Bossier Parish school campuses while allowing instruction to take place. Superintendent Mitch Downey gave an overview, explaining the three models of instructional delivery if Louisiana remains in Phase 2: 

*Daily face-to-face learning for all PreK-5th grade students

*A blended learning model for 6th-12th grades in which students are on an A/B schedule, alternating days of attending school for in-person instruction with virtual learning at home 

*An all-virtual K-12 model for families opting to keep their child home 

“We recognize there is no one-size-fits-all plan for our families, as they expressed in a parent survey conducted by the district,”  Downey said. “What works for one may not work for another, which is why we are giving parents options.” 

Each day will begin with temperature checks for students and staff, an emphasis on hand hygiene, group sizes limited to 25, physical distancing to the fullest extent possible and a mask requirement for all adults as well as students in third grade and above. Masks are not required for PreK-2nd graders, but are encouraged. 

Cleaning and sanitizing will be increased, AeroClave decontamination equipment has been purchased and school custodians have been trained on the use of hospital-grade products compliant with the Centers for Disease Control. Technology will be issued to students needing it for virtual learning and transportation will be provided for students living outside the designated walk zones, though parents who are able are asked to help transport their child to and from school to assist with the reduced bus capacities. “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch will be served and middle/high school students will be provided meals for days they are learning remotely at home. 

For families interested in their child enrolling in the Bossier Virtual Learning Academy, the first step is to complete an “Intent to Apply” form. It is available beginning July 20 on the Bossier Strong Start webpage, as are the reopening guidelines, at: www.bossierschools.org/strongstart2020

“When our parents, educators and community stand together in partnership and support, our children will thrive,” Downey added. “It is that unified spirit and can-do attitude that makes us Bossier Strong.”

Posted 7/20/20