Strong Start 2020: Louisiana's Plan


K-12 Planning Guide

Early Childhood Planning Guide

Since Louisiana’s school facilities first closed in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, school systems and the Louisiana Department of Education ensured the safety of students and staff was of utmost priority. They have also worked together to provide all students access to continuous learning while remaining safely at home.

As we look ahead, the Department is focused on helping school systems to address unfinished learning from the 2019-2020 school year, to set the foundation for continuous learning in 2020-2021 and to prepare for potential modified operations in the future.

A strong start for every student means:

  • There is a plan for every student, including extra time and support for students with the greatest unfinished learning from the prior year.

  • There is a plan for students to hear from teachers every day and for students to receive feedback and engagement on their work every week.

  • There are clear next steps for every high school student and recent graduate, who will enter a new economy.

This page provides information, guidance, and resources to support early childhood providers, school systems, educators, and families accomplish these goals.

 


Pre-K-12 Strong Start 2020 Resources


 

Core Academics

 

Students with Diverse Needs

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Addressing Unfinished Learning Gaps Download
Diagnostic and Screener Guidance Download
Instructional Materials Guidance Download
Non-Core and CTE Curriculum Guidance Download
Strong Start_ July 2020 Math Lesson Broadcasting Download
Student Promotion and Planning Supports Guidance Download
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Continuous Education for Students with Disabilities: Direct Services Download
Guide to Supporting the Well-Being of Students and Staff Download
Mental Health Response Team Guidance Download
Partnerships for Success Guide Download
Student Engagement and Success Partners Guide Download
Supporting ELs During School Closures_Distance Learning Download
Timelines and Documentation During Extended School Closures for Students with Disabilities Download
Virtual Small Group Instruction for Students with Disabilities Privacy Guidance Download

 

Workforce Talent

 

School Systems

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2019-2020 PD Vendor Guide Download
Professional Development Vendor Plan Guidance Download
Strong Start 2020: Professional Development Plan Template Download
Strong Start Mentor and Content Leader Approved Provider List Download
Strong Start Professional Development Vendor Guidance Category Descriptions Download
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Guidance for Staffing and Student Monitoring Download
Guidance on Communicating During School Interruptions Download
Louisiana Continuous Education Toolkit - Guidance for Early Learning at Home Download
Maximizing Learning Time through Adaptive and Flexible Staffing Plans Download
Technology for Continuous Learning Download

 


Early Childhood Strong Start 2020 Resources


 

Health, Safety, and Operations

 

Sustaining and Expanding Early Childhood Access

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Health and Safety Resource Guide Download
Office of Public Health Guidelines for Child Care Download
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2019-2020 Coordinated Funding Request Guide Download
2020-2021 Louisiana's School System Planning Guide Download
COVID-19 Community Child Care Recovery Grant Application Download
Early Childhood Workforce Recruiting and Hiring Toolkit Download
Guidance on Phasing in Early Learning Center Operations Download
Overview of Early Childhood Funding Sources Download

 

Classroom Quality and Continuous Learning

 

Family Engagement and Support

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2019-2020 PD Vendor Guide Download
Addressing Unfinished Learning Gaps Download
Continuous Education for Students with Disabilities: Direct Services Download
Early Childhood Workforce Recruiting and Hiring Toolkit Download
Guide to Supporting the Well-Being of Students and Staff Download
Instructional Materials Guidance Download
Ongoing PD for Early Childhood Educators Download
Partnerships for Success Guide Download
Student Engagement and Success Partners Guide Download
Technology for Continuous Learning Download
Timelines and Documentation During Extended School Closures for Students with Disabilities Download
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Coordinating Re-enrollment for Families Download
Family and Teacher Communication Plan Guidance Download
Guidance for Early Learning Transitions Download
Instructional Materials Guidance Download
Louisiana Continuous Education Toolkit - Guidance for Early Learning at Home Download
Understanding Types of Child Care Providers Download

 


Additional Information


COVID-19 Information & Resources

Family Support Toolbox

Newsroom

 

Strong Start 2020 Library