InspireNOLA Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: 10/20/20, 10:30 a.m.


When does school start?

All InspireNOLA schools are currently in session! Classes are currently being held virtually via Google Classroom and in-person at each of our schools. 

Will there be any extra-curricular activities or field trips?

At this time, no extra-curricular activities (including school clubs, organization and group activities) or 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). Currently high school football and volleyball is permitted with limited seating at games.

Is it too late to enroll my child in an InspireNOLA school?

Limited seats are available at some InspireNOLA schools. PreK-12 families who are new to the city, new to public schools, or wish to transfer to a new school for the 2020-21 school year can apply via Late Enrollment through EnrollNOLA. Please note that InspireNOLA cannot enroll or accept any students on our own; all enrollments and placements must go through EnrollNOLA. 


What does 100% virtual learning mean?

For our students/parents who chose to continue with virtual learning this semester, this means all students will remain at home and receive instruction from their teacher(s) via Google Classroom.

How are classes being taught?

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

Will students receive grades?

Yes, all virtual-learning students will receive grades, just as their peers who have chosen in-person instruction will. Your child’s teacher can provide specific information on class grades and assignments, and you can review InspireNOLA’s Pupil Progression Plan.

Are teachers taking attendance?

Yes. Teachers are taking attendance for each class for both virtual and in-person students. As seat time has NOT been waived for the 2020-21 school year at this time, it is important that students be present for each lesson.

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding Special Education?

If you have a question regarding special education, please call Dianne Lewis at Dianne.lewis@inspirenolaschools.org or 504-330-0062.

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?

At this time, 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 your school’s IT Manager:


When will students be returning to in-person instruction?

All students who have chosen to return for in-person instruction are back in InspireNOLA classrooms!

Our 5th-8th graders continue to follow a rotating weekly schedule. Our 9th and 12th graders are in-person each Monday and Wednesday, while 10th and 11th graders are in-person each Tuesday and Thursdays. Fridays rotate.

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.


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
  2. Does your child have a temperature at or above 100.4 F?
  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 grab-and-go meals for distance learning days via pick up from 24 Orleans Parish school locations, including Harte and McDonogh 35. Families can access any of these sites for grab-and-go style meals on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. and select schools on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

How are bathroom breaks handled?

Classes take scheduled bathroom breaks in order to minimize close contact with students from other static groups. We limit the number of persons in a multiuser restroom to four at one time. All restrooms are cleaned nightly and high-risk touch points (faucet knobs, flush handles, partition locks, ADA railings) are disinfected three times during the day.

What happens at recess?

Students stay in their static classroom groups for recess and are allowed to go outdoors and use playground equipment with proper social distancing practices to the greatest extent possible.

What specific safety measures have been implemented to make buses safe for students?

Bus capacity is limited based on the phase the state is in at the time and passengers are spaced to the maximum extent possible. Drivers/aides and students must wear masks or face coverings, and windows are open to allow ventilation. School buses are thoroughly cleaned each time after bus service occurs.

Are parents, volunteers and visitors allowed on school campuses?

No, parents and guardians may walk their student to the school, but they may not enter the building. Parents, volunteers and non-essential visitors are not allowed in school buildings unless they receive approval from School Administration. Visitors and parents/caregivers are asked to contact the school with questions and concerns and to inquire about access to campus to check out their child, drop off medication, etc. Essential visitors are individuals who must enter schools to conduct visits in accordance with Louisiana law or policy.

How are students and staff able to social distance?

Protocols and signage are in place to ensure proper distancing in hallways, entrances, and other locations around campus. Classrooms and other facilities are arranged to allow for appropriate social distancing. Physical barriers are implemented where necessary, students have been trained on how to socially distance and signage and floor markers are posted to guide students.

How will schools handle COVID-19 positive cases? Will parents of the students and families affected be notified?

In the event that a student or employee at a school is or is presumed to be positive for COVID-19, they will be required to stay home and self-quarantine as per CDC guidance and regulations. All classrooms and spaces in which the student or employee was present will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. InspireNOLA will contact NOLA PS and health officials to determine if any additional steps related to communication, quarantining practices, enhanced cleaning/disinfection processes, or school facility closure. Parents may be notified if their child may have been exposed to the case of COVID-19, along with any next steps.

What will be the protocol for allowing children back to school if they or a family member test positive?

If a school becomes aware of a presumptive positive or positive case of COVID-19, the child should not attend school until determined to be non-infectious by their doctor and are able to provide the appropriate documentation.

Do you enforce rules for wearing face coverings, social distancing, temperature checks, and other safety measures?

Yes. The safety protocols are set by policies and are enforced like any other rules. Expectations will be clearly communicated, and teachers and staff make every effort to enforce the policies and rules without disciplinary measures needing to be taken.

Are water fountains available?

Students are encouraged to bring personal water bottles with them to school, as water fountains will not be available for health and safety reasons. Hydration stations are available on each floor for students to fill their water bottles if needed.


What tools are available to help guide parents through emotional health in helping children adjust to the "new normal”?

InspireNOLA, in collaboration with our city and community partners, is committed to addressing the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students, using social-emotional curriculum, restorative practice, and positive behavioral interventions and supports. During the reopening planning, there has been a consistent focus on emotional health and consideration of resources to support parents to help address questions or concerns they may have about their child’s adjustment to school in either model. We hope parents and guardians will reach out to their child’s school counselor, school nurse, school psychologist, school social worker, or classroom teacher with any concerns they may have about their child. These educational and health professionals can provide targeted suggestions based upon the context and specific circumstances.

Where can my child go to receive food during virtual learning?


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

Please visit our resources page. You may also reach out to your school’s social worker.

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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