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
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.
Capitol High School Seniors and Senior Families:
Our class of 2020 scholars will not be able to be celebrated in the ways we imagined through senior
trips, senior breakfast, and a traditional graduation, but we are hoping to put a few things together to
honor their hard work and this amazing accomplishment!
SENIOR PICK UP DAY is TUESDAY May 26 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
We have listened to what you have asked for and will be providing everything your senior needs for
the next chapter of their lives: cap and gown, their diplomas, unofficial transcripts, senior fee
reimbursement check, and some Lion Pride and Class of 2020 swag!
Class of 2020, if you have finished all your Edgenuity work, completed your Google classroom work,
and passed all of your classes – you are eligible to receive your cap and gown and other items on
Tuesday May 26! You will be getting a call this week from a member of our team to confirm your
completion of graduation requirements.
One hundred percent of your senior fees must be paid in order to receive your Senior Pick Up Package.
Have not had the opportunity to meet all the above expectations?
We will host virtual summer school and give a summer pick up date for diplomas if senior coursework is not complete. You will be receiving a phone call if this applies to you. We are going everything in our power to reimagine and create a special and safe graduation opportunity. We are still exploring dates and options for a Social Distancing Graduation Ceremony – more information to come after we hear back from facilities that can accommodate us!
Guidelines for Senior Drive Thru Pick Up:
● Only one vehicle per senior.
● Seniors may decorate their vehicle.
● Upon arrival one car at a time will be allowed to stop in the front of the school.
● Senior package will be given to Senior.
● Seniors may get out of the car, but no one else will be allowed to exit the vehicle, all seniors.
who chose to get out of the car must wear a mask.
● Social Distancing will be maintained and only one senior will be allowed out of the car at a
● Seniors will drive in front of CHS to receive their diplomas, cap & gown, and additional items
● All family members must remain in the car.
Looking forward to seeing you all!!! – Capitol High School Team
We hope that you are safe and healthy during this pandemic. We know that we are living in uncertain times with a lot of moving parts. We also know that there is a lot of information out here currently and it can be confusing to know what the next steps are. While things are still ever-changing, we wanted to address some of the questions, deadlines, and concerns around End of Year grades, report cards, testing, promotion, and graduation. Please read the Information and Frequently Asked Question Guide below.
Grades & Report Cards
Q: Where can I view grades and report cards?
A: Students have had access to work since March 18. A student’s grade this semester will not be lower than their Quarter 3 Grade (which were submitted on Friday, March 13). However, a student has completed work it does allow him or her students to improve their grades for the semester. Your student’s Quarter 4 grades will be submitted by teachers by Friday, May 15. We will finalize report cards by late May. Reports cards will be available through the PowerSchool portal. If you do not have access to PowerSchool, please call or text 225-286-9005.
Progression to Next Grade Level
Q: My child failed the 3rd 9 weeks or had several missing assignments and incomplete work. They were not able to makeup or recover grades because of state closure. What happens to my student if he “fails” or is not able to makeup work because schools do not reopen?
A: We hope your student was able to complete their assignments during distance learning at this time – as that work would replace missing of failing grades during the third 9 weeks (Quarter 3). Due to our distance learning platform being used by teachers and students for the last 7 weeks, students have had the opportunity to make up work and raise their grades even though the school building is closed. Students that did not earn a passing grade will an opportunity to improve their grade prior to the next school year.
Q: I cannot access work online. What about my student that does not have access to the internet? How will my kids stay caught up and not fall further behind?
A: We hope that your student was able to take advantage of our laptop distribution and the free wifi services outlined in our initial parent communication. However, no student who was unable to complete work will be penalized for Quarter 4. Students who were able to complete work since the closure of school had an opportunity to improve their grades and GPA. Families were encouraged to pick up paper packets in circumstances where internet was unable to be connected. If you have any further questions, please contact (225) 239-7506.
Testing and Credentials
Q: What will happen with end of year assessments? My child was supposed to take LEAP this year, what is the status of LEAP testing?
A: The Louisiana Department of Education has been granted waivers from the United States Department of Education to “suspend…the annual administration of the Louisiana Education Assessment Program (LEAP) and End of Course examinations.” This waiver would excuse seniors and graduating juniors from having to pass previously required End of Course examinations for graduation. Also, students in grades 9-11 in high school will not be required to take LEAP 2025.
Q: My student is enrolled with a Jumpstart/TOPS high school class that requires an “Industry-Based” Credential to pass or get credit for the course. What will happen with Credentials?
A: BESE has waived policy related to graduation and promo on that included “Career Diploma IBC (Industry Based Credential) requirement.” These credentials will no longer be required for students to pass a course or class.
Q: Has the state and national test administration of ACT been rescheduled?
A: Yes. The state administration of ACT has been rescheduled for June 2, 2020. This would be for all students in grade 11 and seniors who have no ACT score on file with the Department of Education. The national administration of ACT has been rescheduled for June 13, 2020. All individuals who were registered to take the ACT in April will receive emails from ACT with directions for free rescheduling. Information is available on ACT’s website https://www.act.org.
Seniors: Checkout, Graduation, & TOPS
Q: What is the status of our senior fees?
A: Senior Fees will be refunded less $100 and pictures (if paid for). All refunds will be issued in the name of the senior unless the funds were received in person by another individual. In that case the funds will be refunded in that person’s name. Refunds will be distributed the week of May 18 during Senior Pick Up.
Q: My child is a senior. What will happen to his or her status?
A: Seniors are a major priority for the school. We understand the sense of urgency and commitment it has taken for your student to have a chance to graduate. Rest assured, we are taking steps to audit every senior’s transcript and collaborate with school counselors to determine next steps to ensure our seniors have every opportunity to graduate.
Q: My senior completed all of their classwork. How do I get their diploma and cap and gown?
A:. Diplomas and caps and gowns will be distributed the week of May 18. Please be on the lookout for the exact date and time for your senior.
Q: With school closure and us being unable to gather in crowds, what is happening with graduation?
A: We are closely monitoring all local, state, and federal orders and guidelines as it pertains to large gatherings. It is our hope to preserve an in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020, however this may change as guidelines evolve and we move closer to the start of the next school year. We will continue monitoring this situation and share further plans as they are solidified. Diplomas will be distributed the week of May 18 during Senior Pick Up; the exact date and additional information around a graduation ceremony will go out in future communications.
Q: How will the recent announcement regarding the closure of schools affect graduation and TOPS? Will the senior courses be considered completed in regard to the TOPS program which pays for half of their college education?
A: Guidance went out to schools on April 8th regarding how to evaluate completion of a course. If a student is awarded credit for the course, a passing grade of “D” or better, they will get the same credit for the course towards meeting graduation requirements and TOPS eligibility as in the past. Essentially, if the student passes coursework there will be no impact to potential graduation or potential scholarship opportunities. Students have until May 15 for face-to-face classes to complete credit/grade recovery for any final grade that was an “F” in a grading period. May 8th is the deadline to complete online learning courses needed for graduation (Edgenuity).
Q: Will a student who has not completed the financial aid planning requirement be eligible to graduate?
A: The financial aid requirement is waved in that there is a hardship waiver option, so the student can graduate. Schools can maintain a list of those students and complete a hardship waiver. For any student needing to complete the Free Application on for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), online and phone support can be accessed by sending a request to [email protected] It should be noted that, although FAFSA has been waived as a graduation requirement, students and parents need to confirm the FAFSA requirements for TOPS as established by the Louisiana Office of Students Financial Assistance (LOSFA). The FAFSA is still a requirement for TOPS, and other state and federal financial aid.
There are benefits to still completing the FAFSA; the primary reason is to reduce post-secondary expenses. In addition to state financial aid programs, e.g. TOPS and LA Go Grant, there are also Federal Student Aid programs that require FAFSA completion, including: Pell Grant Program/SEOG; Federal Work Study; Federal Direct Loans; and Certain scholarships, like the Bill Gates Scholarship.
Several institutions even use the FAFSA as the scholarship application. Additionally, in order to be awarded scholarships at many highly selective institutions, you must complete the FAFSA and College Scholarship Service Profile.
Q: My child is class of 2020 and although I realize your info released today mentions a later graduation ceremony. He is scheduled to go to Boot Camp in June. When will we know if he is going to be classified as a graduate? Unfortunately, he cannot fulfill a military contract unless he is a graduate.
A: By May 18, all grades and work should be completed, and students will know if they have met graduation requirements and satisfied all necessary conditions to be awarded a diploma. Remember, it is the diploma, not participation in a ceremony that certifies your student as a graduate. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to email the school counselor or principal if they have specific concerns regarding graduation standings or academic status.
Capitol High School will begin serving grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m on Monday through Friday, starting on Monday, March 23.
The meals will be served directly in front of the school to children aged 18 and under.
Students will be served breakfast and lunch packaged together. In addition to the food, students will also receive a milk and a juice.