Strong Start 2020: Louisiana's Plan


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To ensure a Strong Start to the 2020-2021 school year, the Department is focused on helping school systems address unfinished learning from the 2019-2020 school year, set the foundation for continuous learning in 2020-2021 and 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.

In light of the Governor’s Roadmap to Restarting Louisiana, the Department has issued guidance pertaining to opening public and nonpublic school facilities to serve students in the 2020-2021 school year. This guidance is relative to operating schools in Phases 1, 2 and 3 of reopening. Since Louisiana’s school facilities first closed in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, school systems and the Department have worked to ensure the safety of students and staff was of utmost priority.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) adopted minimum health and safety standards for reopening schools. If you would like to register a specific school or system health and safety concern you feel is not in alignment with one or more of these standards, please email ldoecovid19support@la.gov.

System Reopening Plans

The Louisiana Department of Education is compiling links to system and school reopening plans. The Department, as well as Louisiana systems and schools, are in communication with medical experts. Reopening plans are subject to change. Please check with your system or school to ensure you have the most updated information for 2020-2021.


School Reopening Resources


This page provides the most current information, guidance and resources to support early childhood providers, school systems, educators and families accomplish these goals. Please visit the Strong Start Library for additional information.

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Implementing Strong Start 2020: A Toolkit for Teaching and Learning for Schools Download
School Reopening FAQ Download
School Reopening Guidelines and Resources Download
School Reopening Office Hours September 17 Download
Strong Start 2020 - Self-Monitoring Reopening Checklist for Schools Download
Strong Start 2020 Implementation Survey Guidance Download
Virtual Pre-K Toolkit Download
Webinar: Implementing Strong Start 2020: A Toolkit for Teaching and Learning for Schools Download

Learning Environment and Connectivity Tool - coming soon

 


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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2020-2021 Student Engagement and Success (SES) Vendor Guide Download
Continuous Education for Students with Disabilities: Direct Services Download
Family Toolbox Strong Start 2020 Support for Students with Disabilities Download
Guide to Supporting the Well-Being of Students and Staff Download
Partnerships for Success Guide Download
Strong Start 2020 Reopening Guidance for Direct Service Providers Download
Strong Start 2020 Reopening Guidance for Special Education Leaders Download
Strong Start 2020: Timelines and Documentation for Students with Disabilities Download
Strong Start Compensatory Services Guidance for Students with Disabilities Download
Supporting ELs During Distance Learning Download
Virtual Small Group Instruction for Students with Disabilities Privacy Guidance Download
Well-Being Leadership Team 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
2020-2021 Student Engagement and Success (SES) 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
Strong Start 2020: Timelines and Documentation for Students with Disabilities Download
Technology for Continuous Learning Download
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Coordinating Re-enrollment for Families Download
Family and Teacher Communication Plan Guidance Download
Family Toolbox Strong Start 2020 Support for Students with Disabilities 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