As I’ve always believed, families are the child’s first teacher. This will be especially important over the next month. In response to the Governor’s emergency proclamation, all Monroe City Schools are closed beginning Monday, March 16 through at least April 14. All schools and buildings will be closed and all activities - including school day instruction, before and after-care, preschool, health services, parent teacher conferences, and student registration - will be canceled until further notice.
I know this was not a decision the Governor made lightly. Outside of the benefit of our schools to our nearly 8500 student and 1400 employees, I understand the important role a public-school system plays in the greater community. We know closing our schools will impact our most vulnerable families, and we recognize that working families depend on the consistency and predictability of supports and services our schools offer. We also have families who rely on our schools for childcare and meals.
In this evolving situation, while our classrooms are empty, our work on behalf of children continues.
Monroe City Schools is offering at-home learning options in two different formats: online and print. The district will not require online distance learning since we cannot ensure that all students will have equal access to learning. With that said, we will provide online resources at each school website and the district website. These resources are meant to provide optional opportunities for student learning while students are absent from school. We encourage our students and families to utilize these resources. Our teachers will be responsive and available via email should families have questions. Please know this will not take the place of regular classroom instruction. It’s meant to supplement student learning at home. Print resources will be available beginning Wednesday at all school locations.
Grab-and-go lunches for our students will be available March 17, at select sites throughout the district. The meals will be distributed from 10:30-12:00 Monday-Friday at the following schools Jefferson, Barkdull Faulk, Carroll Jr, Sallie Humble, Berg Jones, Madison Foster, Shelling, and Wossman Additional information is available on our website.
One of our next steps is to ensure the safety of all our employees. All Monroe City Schools and Central Office buildings will institute the office hours of 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The families who need to retrieve their essential student medications, please do so during those hours.
I want to thank everyone for their understanding and ongoing commitment to prioritize the safety of our students, staff, and school communities.
Thank you to our students, families and staff. Whether you’re supporting our students by leading our schools, providing high-quality instruction, serving on our school board, keeping our buildings clean, providing meals for students, completing payroll, or providing updates to our families, I appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication. Thank you to our community members, including our medical and emergency personnel, parish government officials, and other partners who continuously work to keep our communities healthy and safe.
We are working to get you up-to-date information and will continue to be in regular contact. For the latest official district updates, visit the Monroe City Schools webpage.
In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to follow CDC guidelines to prevent any further spread of this virus. If you are able, please offer help to friends and neighbors. Small moments of kindness, grace, and support will go a long way as we navigate our collective response to this situation.
Brent Vidrine, Ed. D.
2006 Tower Drive
Monroe LA 71201