Coronavirus Updates

April 1, 2020 

Dear InspireNOLA parents and guardians,

I hope this update finds you and your family well.

We will continue to provide information and resources to you as they become available. We will also continue our distance-learning efforts.

We know you may have a lot of questions during this time. We are establishing several ways you can contact us, including six online information sessions with the CEO of InspireNOLA today and tomorrow.

To join the call, click the appropriate link below or call (312) 626-6799 and enter your specific meeting's ID. You may participate via audio or video, though video is not required. If you have any problems, please view How to Join a Zoom Meeting.

Wednesday, April 1:


· 3 p.m.: InspireNOLA Info Meeting #1 - https://zoom.us/j/279695501?pwd=MStMeVpxQ2cwZWFrM09Ocm0rRnVzZz09 Meeting ID: 279 695 501

· 4 p.m.: InspireNOLA Info Meeting #2 - https://zoom.us/j/586018698?pwd=TU5KeXZxY2dpelRkczlPSWlWYS9yUT09 Meeting ID: 586 018 698

· 5 p.m.: InspireNOLA Info Meeting #3- https://zoom.us/j/273828024?pwd=SnRSV2xlMml4bGtaNjFjWlhyZjNJZz09 Meeting ID: 273 828 024

Thursday, April 2:

· 10 a.m.: InspireNOLA Info Meeting #4- https://zoom.us/j/900416883?pwd=S2U4ZWJicmI5Tys2eXRLeVo3STU4Zz09 Meeting ID: 900 416 883

· 11 a.m.: InspireNOLA Info Meeting #5- https://zoom.us/j/787956909?pwd=N2lucXhQeWg1SHgwRzRPM3pmbjFsUT09 Meeting ID: 787 956 909

· 12 p.m.: InspireNOLA Info Meeting #6 - https://zoom.us/j/317216513?pwd=VnlGVjA5S2p2NytTRDBwcGxyZWQrdz09 Meeting ID: 317 216 513

An InspireNOLA live hotline is now open. Parents and students can call 504-656-4218 from 9-11 a.m. Mondays and 3-6 pm. Wednesdays and be connected to an InspireNOLA staff member for assistance.

Teachers and Counselors are now holding “virtual office hours” from 9-11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through Google Classrooms. Teachers can also be contacted at any time through email, Google Classroom and/or Class Dojo. InspireNOLA will continue to send email updates every Wednesday and Friday. Updates and resources can also be found on our website.

If you need support for social/emotional concerns, please contact Dr. Keisha Simpson at (504) 421-2235 or email her at Keisha.simpson@inspirenolaschools.org.

Parents/guardians of students with IEPs or 504 plans, please contact Dianne Lewis at (504) 330-0062 or email Dianne.Lewis@inspirenolaschools.org if you have questions and/or concerns relevant to accommodations for instruction and related services for your child(ren).

GOOGLE CLASSROOMS

If you are new to Google Classrooms, here is a Parent’s Guide that might be of assistance. An instructional video in Spanish is also available. If you need help with Google Classrooms or accessing Power School, please contact your school’s tech support:

· 42 Charter School: Andrew Burras, andrew.burras@inspirenolaschools.org

· Alice Harte Charter: Nostha Albert, Nostha.albert@inspirenolaschools.org · Edna Karr High School: Nathaniel Albert, nathaniel.albert@inspirenolaschools.org

· Eisenhower Charter: Yazid Rabahi, Yazid.rabahi@inspirenolaschools.org · McDonogh 35 Senior High: Nathan Albert, nathan.albert@inspirenolaschools.org

· McMain Secondary School: Dionne Robinson, Dionne.robinson@inspirenolaschools.org · Wilson Charter School: Jelissa Greenwood, jelissa.greenwood@inspirenolaschools.org

STUDENT LEARNING REMINDERS

PreK through twelfth-grade assignments can be viewed or downloaded from InspireNOLA’s Google Drive. You do not have to print the packets. Assignments for grades 3-12 will also be available on Google Classroom. The online assignments will have translations for our ELL students. Students should check their Google Classroom accounts and the InspireNOLA website regularly as new assignments will be posted there. Please note: These assignments will be used to calculate 4th Quarter grades, so it is important that your student completes this work.

Students who receive services through Exceptional Children Services (ESS) and ELL will have continued support and follow the plan determined by the teacher working with your individual student. Homeroom teachers will be available to answer questions and support students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. You can find additional ELL resources on our website.

FOOD ACCESS FOR STUDENTS

Food hubs are open from 9 a.m.-noon Mondays and Wednesdays only. On Mondays, students will receive meals for two days and on Wednesday they will receive meals for three days. Locations for meal pickup throughout the city can be found here: https://nolapublicschools.com/covid19/nutrition.

SPIRIT WEEK

InspireNOLA is hosting a virtual spirit week through social media this week. We hope your student (and you) will participate! To join in, simply make a related post to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram and use the hashtag #InspireNOLASpirt. You can also do a search for #InspireNOLASpirt to see what others are sharing!

o Wellness Wednesday: What are you/your child doing to stay healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally?

o Thoughtful Thursday: What things do you/your child do to help out your community or others?

o Flashback Friday: Share some of your favorite school memories!

We hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

Sincerely, Jamar McKneely InspireNOLA CEO

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