Natchitoches School Board holds Special Call meeting during COVID-19 outbreak

The Natchitoches Parish School Board held a Special Called meeting Wednesday evening, March 18.

Following Gov. John Bel Edwards’s emergency proclamation to close all public schools to students March 16 through April 13 to slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) secured initial waivers for various education policies to provide schools and centers increased regulatory flexibilities ahead of, during and beyond the closure period, as well as supplied them with updated guidance and resources (SEE BELOW).

There have been multiple changes throughout each day this week. Updated information is available online at Parents can also email for information on school closures.

Agenda items:

Consider and approve reimbursement rate of 57.5 cents per gallon for mileage for applicants for Superintendent.

Consider items to manage the shutdown by Proclamation of Governor Edwards. Personnel Director Linda Page commended employees for their outpouring of assistance during the COVID-19 event. Through the Feeding Program, 1,473 students received breakfast and lunch over the past three days while schools have been closed. Teachers prepared instructional materials for home learning. The website was updated with FAQs and resources under a COVID-19 tab.

Consider paying full time employees without requiring them to take leave during the COVID-19 absence. Council members approved this item be cause they agreed that these employees are needed.

Consider paying all scheduled hourly employees (long term subs, tutors, cafeteria workers). The board approved this.

Seek legal advice on how to handle the payment of contract employees.

Close school based health centers with the exception of Marthaville, Provencal and Natchitoches Central because some students need access to these sites, which are staffed through Christus Health Central Louisiana.

Suspend feeding sites until the Board has more positive data. The Board will reassess this after spring break.

Adopt a resolution making the decisions or delegating the authority to the Superintendent to make the decisions that will be needed to move forward in compliance with Executive Order JBE 2020-27.

Consider moving forward with contract structure for Superintendent-Elect, Grant Eloi.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held April 7th and 9th

5 thoughts on “Natchitoches School Board holds Special Call meeting during COVID-19 outbreak

  1. Am concerned about “suspend feeding sites until after spring break”! Does that mean not hand out breakfast & lunch to students as is being done now? If so what rationale is this. Schools should have the food already. Feed the students!

    • Watch the video of the meeting. The cafeteria workers are being put at risk and bringing contagions back into the school everyday that they are there.

    • It’s probably because they weren’t going to feed them during that week anyway. Currently they are spending money as if school were in, adding a week of this service would cost additional money. That’s just my guess.

  2. There is evidence that COVID 19 survived on plastic at least 24 hours, 3 hours on paper. Please suspend feeding.

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