InspireNOLA Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: 4/9/21, 1 p.m.

COVID-19 Updates

In-person classes have resumed for all students in all grade levels who chose in-person learning. All pre-K through 12th-grade students who have chosen in-person learning attend in-person Mondays through Fridays. Parents of students in all grade levels have the option to remain 100% virtual. 


What does 100% virtual learning mean?

This means students will remain at home and receive a full-day instruction from their teacher(s) via Google Classroom. Instruction will follow regular school hours and regular daily schedules.

How are classes being taught?

InspireNOLA teachers are live-streaming classes via Google Classroom. If you need assistance, visit our Google Classroom Resources page.

Will students receive grades?

Yes, all students will receive grades. Your child’s teacher can provide specific information on class grades and assignments, and you can review Dianne.lewis@inspirenolaschools.org.

What if my child has an IEP and receives specialized instruction?

Our academics team, along with our teachers and administrators, is considering every student individually to ensure they are receiving the personalized support they need. Students will continue to receive accommodations and specialized instruction, as per their IEP.

Will there be LEAP testing this year?

Yes, LEAP assessments for the 2020-2021 are still scheduled to take place.

Who do I contact if I have technical or technology issues?

Please contact the IST Tech Hotline at 504-500-8938 or https://inspirenola.sysaidit.com/servicePortal


When will students be returning to in-person instruction?

In-person instruction has resumed for all grades for all students who have chosen to do so. Students follow their regular school schedule, Monday through Friday. 

Is there a difference in curriculum between in-person instruction and virtual learning?

No. With virtual learning, students will receive the same real-time instruction with their teacher via Google Meet as their in-person peers. Any assignments and independent work will be done either in the classroom or as homework for in-person students or via Google Classroom for distance learners. Both in-person and virtual learning will be full days of school for all grade levels, according to the regular school hours.

Will there be LEAP testing this year?

Yes, LEAP assessments for the 2020-2021 are still scheduled to take place.

Will there be any field trips?

At this time, no field trips will take place.

Will athletic games and practices still occur?

InspireNOLA athletic teams are following the guidance of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LSHAA).


Are facial coverings required?

All adults and students must wear face coverings. Face covering should be worn in all areas of the school, including in classrooms. Most importantly, face coverings should be worn during arrival, dismissal, and any other transition within the school building.

Are face shields allowed instead of masks?

No. The CDC does not recommend a face shield, so a face shield may not be a substitute for a face covering or mask. Wearing a face shield in addition to a face covering for additional protection is allowed.

How do I know if I should keep my child home if he/she isn’t feeling well?

Parents/Guardians are expected to complete a screening at home each morning, prior to sending students to school. If the answer is “yes” to any of the following, students should be kept home:

  1. Does your student have any of these symptoms that are not attributable to another condition?
    • Cough 
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Fever 
    • Chills 
    • Repeated shaking with chills 
    • Muscle pain 
    • Headache 
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell 
  3. Has your student been in close, direct contact with; or a caretaker for an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past week?

Do temperature checks take place?

Each child’s temperature is taken and screening protocols are followed upon arrival at the school and before entering the building.

What happens if a student comes to school and has a temperature of 100.4+ degrees or is exhibiting symptoms?

The student will be taken to an isolation area, which is a room designated for any child who feels unwell with potential symptoms so that they could be kept separate from others until their parent/guardian can pick them up.

Do students rotate classrooms?

Students do not rotate classrooms or transition throughout the day and only interact with the students in their static classroom. Additionally, they will not utilize the cafeteria, gymnasium, auditorium, or other community spaces.

How often are schools disinfected?

Disinfecting, sanitation, and cleanliness continue to be a high priority in all our schools. All classrooms (including chairs, desks, and other surfaces) are disinfected daily. Common touchpoints such as door handle and knobs, railings, restroom door latches, etc., are disinfected at least every 2 hours. Additionally, each school has hallway hand sanitizer stations that are spread throughout the building, and every classroom has a bottle of hand sanitizer that students and staff members use throughout the day.

Are breakfasts and lunches provided for students?

Yes, breakfasts and lunches are provided to students in all types of learning. When in-person, students will eat meals in their classrooms in their static groups. Students participating in distance learning or in a hybrid model will have the option of signing up for InspireNOLA's free meal delivery service or picking up grab-and-go meals from distribution hubs. Please note: Meal delivery service will end April 16, 2021.

Meal distribution is available Mondays and Wednesdays at Alice Harte, McDonogh 35, and Andrew Wilson. Students from any school may receive food from any location. Additionally, NOLA Public Schools will continue to provide a list of all schools providing community feeding to any student on their website.

What if I and/or my family need additional assistance during this time?

Please visit our resources page

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have a general information question, please call 504-227-3057 or email info@inspirenolaschools.org. Please contact your school leader if you have specific questions:

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