Public Emergency Declaration Issued by School Board

Posted by District on 3/18/2020 10:00:00 AM

The St. Mary Parish School Board issued a Declaration of Public Emergency due to COVID-19 at the special session held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This declaration confers Superintendent Dr. Teresa Bagwell with emergency powers needed to lead the district's response to the outbreak. These powers include the following:

  • Entering into contracts for COVID-19 related purchases such as materials, equipment, supplies, or services for sanitation, cleaning, and technology. 
  • Supplying and arranging for the delivery of meals to all children in the parish (18 years of age or younger) at no cost to the families. 
  • Continuing to pay school employees their regular compensation during the period in which schools are closed.
  • Adjusting curriculum, work schedules, compensation, and staff assignments without further Board approval.
  • Adjusting the school calendar.
  • Applying to BESE, LDOE, and/or USDOE or other governmental body for waivers of regulations or requirements that are impacted by COVID-19.
  • Applying for waivers, grants, reimbursement, aid, and other COVID-19 related matters on behalf of the School Board. 
  • Providing non-mandatory, supplemental educational resources to students.
  • Taking any other actions reasonably necessary to implement these directives. 

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