The Early College Academy is designed to provide qualifying CHS scholars the opportunity to experience college level academics. Scholars will have the opportunity to garner college credits through both Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The increased rigor of these offerings will familiarize scholars with the thinking, writing, problem-solving, and research skills they will see on a university campus. Research shows that students who are introduced to college level courses in high school are more likely to graduate from high school and significantly more likely to enroll in college and earn a degree.
We hosted a virtual parent information session on Saturday, August 8. The session was designed to explain how we will manage online learning for the start of the school year, including student expectations and how to access our online learning tools.
We realize that not every parent had an opportunity to attend this session. Therefore, we have made available the slide deck from our session, which contains valuable virtual learning details for our parents and students.
To access the slide content from the orientation session, please click here.Read More
Before we start our school year, we want to give our parents an opportunity to hear directly from us and to answer any questions they may have about how we’ll manage our school days. Please join us on Zoom at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 8 for our virtual parent session.
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Capitol High School will host two technology and schedule distribution days from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11. During this time, families will receive Chromebooks and class schedules for the upcoming school year.
Parents and guardians of students in grades 9 and 10 should prepare to attend the day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, August 10, while parents and guardians of students in grades 11 and 12 should prepare to attend the day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11.
The distribution days will occur at the front gate of the school. This will be a drive-thru activity, so no one should have to exit their vehicle to receive the materials. Additionally, to ensure the safety of everyone involved, parents and students should wear masks during the distribution.
Here’s what you need to know:
– All registration must be completed and submitted to receive a device. You can submit your registration documents on our web site here.
– You must come to get your schedule and even if you are not picking up a device.
– We will only prepare devices and schedules for the grade levels assigned on that day.
– Write or type your student’s NAME and GRADE on a piece a paper and place on the dashboard of the passenger side.Read More
When the 2019-2020 academic year began, no school district could have predicted the difficult decisions and challenges in providing ongoing education that we currently face. While we are excited to resume teaching and learning on our campus, a top priority is the health and safety of all our students and staff, and how we are preparing our building for strong reopening.
The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released the 2020 Strong Start School Reopening Guidelines. We have reviewed this guidance, as well as the input received through stakeholder survey data. Working within these guidelines, we have established multiple options for families that will allow us to balance their needs, academics, and most importantly, the safety of our entire school community.
Additionally, this summer we have been hard at work to ensure our facility and staff are prepared to accept children. The following steps have either been completed or are underway:
• Deep cleanings of the school building and grounds to ensure every classroom, hallway, restroom, office, and all other spaces are regularly sanitized.
• Vent cleaning across all campuses.
• Staff training on the most effective safety protocols and operating procedures in alignment with Department of Health and CDC guidance.
• Procurement of supplies of including hand sanitizer, sanitizer stations, tissues, disinfectants, masks, face shields and more that we will need for in-person operations.
• Laying out new plans to reposition desks, switch out furniture, reorganize classrooms and modify workspaces to maximize social distancing and reduce contamination.
We will continue to monitor the ebb and flow of the pandemic while adhering to national, state and local guidance. We will also continue to share clear and frequent communications regarding our school’s reopening and ongoing safety preparedness.
To ensure our school community is well prepared for the year, we have developed a robust re-opening plan. This plan will detail how we will handle school openings this year.Read More
The health and well-being of our students and staff is our number one priority. The increasing COVID-19 infection rates of the past few weeks make it clear the pandemic is not currently under control.
Therefore, we are announcing that we will follow the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) and start the new year online only through Labor Day. Virtual instruction will still begin on Monday, August 10 starting with grade-level orientations and distribution of daily learning schedules.
All academic standards and expectations will remain in effect. As referenced in prior communications, instruction will be delivered synchronously and asynchronously based on grade/department and instructor. Attendance is still mandatory, and assignment deadlines and academic integrity will be maintained and enforced.
Our hybrid instructional model, which allows for some in-person learning, will tentatively begin on Tuesday, September 8. However, this timeline is contingent upon improvement in public health conditions, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Louisiana Department of Education, and Louisiana Department of Health, and future reopening considerations of EBRPSS.
Though we will not be returning in-person on our first day, we are still extremely excited to begin the work of teaching and learning. Important information regarding food services, technology distribution, internet access and more is forthcoming.Read More
Based on Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) guidelines and recommendations, the Capitol High School administration has developed a plan for Phase 2 reopening of school on Monday, August 10th.
Families will have two options:
Option 1 – Hybrid
Our hybrid option will be a mixture of virtual and face to face learning with students attending school two days per week, M-TH. Fridays will be virtual for all students. The school will operate at 50% capacity with students divided into A/B groups. All public health guidelines for social distancing, sanitation, etc. will be strictly adhered to by all students and staff while on campus.
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Option 2 – Virtual
Our virtual option will allow students to attend school 100% on-line. Learning will occur both synchronously and asynchronously based on grade, department, and courses.
This is an ACADEMIC outline for moving forward:
Student enrollment will be divided by family, into Group A and Group B, so that approximately 50% of the students will attend class at CHS on designated days Monday – Thursday.
All class instruction will be virtual on Fridays.
Instruction will be delivered synchronously and asynchronously based on grade/department and instructor.
Attendance, instructional minutes, and state assessments are currently required.
Assignment deadlines and academic integrity will be maintained and enforced.
Wellness and Logistics:
Temperature checks will be conducted upon arrival at school (and when visiting the nurse).
Students with 100.4+ fever may not remain at school and must be picked up immediately.
Students who are sick should stay at home (regardless of illness).
Students who are COVID-19 positive must stay at home until deemed non-infectious by a doctor.
Parents are to report if their child has been on fever-reducing medication in the prior 24 hours or has had a cough or shortness of breath.
Individuals who were in close contact (less than 6 feet for over 15 minutes) with COVID-19 should stay at home and monitor symptoms for 14 days.
Face coverings will be provided for students. Face coverings should be worn by adults and students, as able, to the maximum extent possible at arrival, in classrooms, during transitions within the school building, and at dismissal.
All individuals will use hand sanitizer at arrival, every 2 hours, before and after eating or using play equipment, and at exit/dismissal.
Antibacterial wipes/disinfectant spray will be used on learning surfaces as groups
Students and teachers will use hand sanitizer at every class change.
Field trips will be discontinued until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
To the extent possible, students will be separated with flow paths during transitions.
Routine and Deep Cleaning:
CHS will follow all CDC recommended guidelines and procedures.
High-touch surfaces will be cleaned before and after a group’s use.
CHS athletics will comply with LHSAA, LDOE, and public health guidelines and are communicated to coaches under the supervision of the Athletic Director.
All students will receive a school-issued Chromebook.
The school will provide internet access for all students in need of the internet at home.
Please remember this is a fluid situation. If the Governor institutes Phase 1 restrictions or the situation locally requires a transition to fully virtual learning for an extended period, we are prepared to do so.
I hope this information is helpful as you make plans for the 2020-21 school year. Despite the current challenges, the instructors, staff, and administrators are looking forward to another great year!
Please click here to complete our Parental Re-Entry Survey.
View the full letter from our Executive Director here.Read More
Our Information Technology Academy is focused on exposing our students to the fundamentals of software development. Through our Information Technology Academy, our students have the opportunity to earn Level 1 and 2 industry-based credentials in Fundamentals of Java Script, Functional Programming, and Web Development.
DIGITAL MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY
The Digital Media Entertainment Technology Academy is a cutting-edge program designed to introduce and prepare students for the industry of digital media. Students can learn the foundation skills of shooting and editing digital video, graphic design, recording sound and using lighting for dramatic effect through regular use of Capitol’s newly designed Mac Lab, digital video cameras and desktop editing software.
Alongside these traditional elements, students also learn to use contemporary post-production software including AVID and Adobe Photoshop. These tools, combined with a theoretical background in visual storytelling, prepare students for work in industries ranging from film and television, sports media, local production studios and emerging jobs related to streaming video and on-line productions.
We are so excited that five Capitol High School seniors completed the Propel America coursework and will continue their journey as Propel Fellows.
As Fellows, they move into the job training phase with our fantastic partners: Associated Builders and Contractors, Baton Rouge Community College, Louisiana Delta Community College, and River Parishes Community College.
This summer and fall, they will pursue training and industry credentials in automotive service, health care, manufacturing, and the skilled trades.
Propel America helps young adults go from high school into a career and higher education. We connect high schools, job-training organizations and community colleges, local employers, and experienced mentors to build a clear path forward for students.