Virtual Public School Expands Enrollment to Accommodate Families Impacted by Flood

Tuition-free, K-12 online school Louisiana Connections Academy makes additional 'virtual seats' available


August 23, 2016Louisiana Connections Academy, a free public school for students in grades K-12 conducted completely online by Louisiana-certified teachers, welcomes students in all grades while individual school districts in the 20 impacted areas recover from the historic 2016 floods, announced Superintendent Lonnie Luce.

Superintendent Luce said State Superintendent of Education John White encouraged public schools to step up and help displaced families.

'Louisiana Connections Academy is proud to respond to the State's request and enroll children in all grades from impacted school districts, whether the flooded school was private, parochial or public,' said Dr. Luce.

The affected parishes include Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Jefferson, Davis, Vermillion, Lafayette, Livingston, Tangipahoa, West Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Point Coupee, Washington, St. Landry, St. Helena, St. Tammany, St. James. and St. John.

Parents can begin the enrollment process immediately by visiting www.LouisianaConnectionsAcademy.com or calling 800-382-6010 or 225-372-8398. Families can also visit the school office at the Russell J. Henderson Building, 4664 Jamestown Ave., First Floor in Baton Rouge.

'The historic flooding across the region means many people are displaced, homes are destroyed and schools are interrupted. As a result, our school is now allowed by the state to increase enrollment,' Superintendent Luce confirmed. 'At Louisiana Connections Academy we can offer a sense of normalcy for students through online classes. We are a high-rated public school specializing in college prep, K through 12, with state certified teachers and a curriculum aligned to state standards.'

According to Michael Marsh, Communications Director for the school, parents considering this option should act fast as the school expects its additional seats to fill up quickly with students from across the impacted areas. To support the additional students, the school also announced it will employ eight additional certified Louisiana teachers for high school grades.

'Success in an online school like ours is dictated by having a motivated adult at home to oversee progress, especially for the earlier grades,' said Mr. Marsh. 'If the parent or adult provides access to the internet for the student, we will supply the computer and materials. Louisiana Connections Academy has a staff that can support students and parents who want this option while traditional school districts rebuild. We are sensitive to the needs of districts that have suffered devastating losses and are willing to support them and their local schools, even on a short term basis.'

Superintendent Luce reiterated that students who enroll in virtual school to continue their education uninterrupted for the 2016-2017 school year are welcome to return to their previous school once it is reopened. Louisiana Connections Academy was opened in Louisiana five years ago and currently serves more than 2100 children in grades K-12.

For more information, contact LACA Communications Director Michael Marsh (225) 226-0042 or assistant J. Barnes (504) 897-6110.

ABOUT LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY
Louisiana Connections Academy is the state’s leading provider of high-quality, free public online charter schooling for grades K through 12. Louisiana Connections Academy offers a superior, personalized education for students, offered by Louisiana certified teachers, with the freedom and flexibility of an online education that meets the state’s standards. As an online charter school, students access their lessons anytime, anywhere as long as they have the technology, tools and support of their family. Accountability for meeting high academic student performance is monitored by the non-profit charter board, Friends of Louisiana Connections Academy, Wade Henderson, President. The charter school is authorized by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to accept students from any parish in the state. The school curriculum includes tutoring, summer school, dual enrollment programs and high quality electives. The school is headquartered in Baton Rouge at 4664 Jamestown Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808. Student field trips, graduation ceremonies, parent-to-parent events and school information sessions are regularly scheduled and promoted at the school website.