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      RS 17:8     


§8. Students impacted by declaration of public health emergency; 2019-2020 school year

            A. The legislature finds that due to the public health emergency declared by the governor on March 11, 2020, relative to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and the subsequent ordered closure of public schools, it is in the best interests of the elementary and secondary students of this state that certain statutory provisions be suspended for the entirety of the 2019-2020 school year, including:

            (1) The provisions of R.S. 17:10.1 relative to the statewide school and district accountability system.

            (2) The provisions of R.S. 17:24.4 that mandate annual administration of testing through the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program and end-of-course examinations.

            (3) The provisions of R.S. 17:4023 and R.S. 47:6301(B)(2)(a)(ii) that require nonpublic schools to administer state assessments to students participating in the Louisiana Student Scholarships for Educational Excellence Program and to students receiving scholarships from donations to school tuition organizations.

            (4) The provisions of R.S. 17:391.2 et seq. relative to public school accountability and assessments.

            (5) The provisions of R.S. 17:407.23 relative to a uniform assessment and accountability system for publicly funded early childhood education programs.

            (6) The provisions of R.S. 17:154.1 that provide for a minimum number of instructional days and instructional minutes per school year.

            (7) The provisions of R.S. 17:154.3 that require teachers to work a minimum number of days per school year.

            (8) The provisions of R.S. 17:194(B) to allow school districts greater flexibility in administering nutrition programs.

            (9) The provisions of R.S. 17:221 that mandate school attendance.

            (10) The provisions of R.S. 17:232 that require attendance to be checked at all schools.

            (11) The provisions of R.S. 17:3881 et seq., 3901 et seq., and 3997(D) relative to teacher evaluations and use of value-added data as a criteria for the receipt of teaching credentials.

            (12) The provisions of R.S. 17:3991(C)(1)(b) that require charter schools to adhere to certain student application and enrollment procedures.

            B. The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall adopt emergency rules in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act to effect the suspension of the statutes enumerated in Subsection A of this Section.

            Acts 2020, No. 245, §1, eff. June 11, 2020.

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