PANDEMIC-EBT AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS RECEIVING FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE SCHOOL MEALS Amid the ongoing public health crisis, Louisiana has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This program will provide extra help buying groceries for the families of the more than 600,000 children who normally receive free and reduced-price meals at school. Eligible families who complete an online application will be issued a P-EBT debit card by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to access benefits. The P-EBT card will function like a standard EBT card, and the same guidelines will apply. Families will receive $285 in total P-EBT benefits per child. Unused benefits will roll over month to month and must be used within 365 days. Use the following link to access the Information and Application: https://5il.co/g6mu
The application period for Bearcat Motorsports (EcoCar) is open. If you are a current 9th-12th grader and are interested in applying, please visit the link for more information. https://5il.co/g671
Graduation Survey. Please respond by noon Friday. Thank you! https://forms.gle/htKZ7gepTL3t8RYB7
IMPORTANT!! Senior Reminders about Rehearsal and Graduation https://5il.co/g3lw
Ruston Daily Leader Graduate Promo https://5il.co/g315
Please see the attached document regarding Ruston High School's upcoming graduation. https://5il.co/g1t6
Bearcat Seniors, Today, May 4th, would have been your last “official” day as students at Ruston High School. Obviously, things didn’t turn out as planned. While so many things are out of our control, and with so many uncertainties during this time, I just wanted each of you to know that we are thinking about you and we miss you. We still look forward to the day we get to celebrate each of you. As soon as more information is available about graduation I will let you know immediately. Also, if your graduate supplies have not been delivered yet, I will let you know when we receive those. The Bearcat Family applauds you and your accomplishments. We are extremely proud of you! Go Bearcats! Dan Gressett
Class rings will be available for pick up Tuesday, May 5th, in the RHS boulevard from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. This will be a drive-thru pick up so please do not exit your vehicle. If you have an unpaid balance on your ring, that will need to be paid at graduatesalesyouree.com in order to pick up your ring. See you Tuesday! Go Bearcats!
Ruston High School is proud to announce the 2020-2021 Bearcat Belles. Congratulations, ladies! Please click the link to the view the list. https://5il.co/fqrl
Seniors: Tomorrow, (April 28th), Graduate Sales will be set up in the boulevard to hand out graduation supplies. Please do not exit your vehicle. If you have an unpaid balance, that balance must be paid online at graduatesalesyouree.com before supplies can be picked up. Your time slot is set by the first letter of your last name. A-M 10:00a-12:00p N-Z 12:00p-2:00p Thank you.
A reminder that this week (Monday 9th grade, Tuesday 10th grade, Wednesday 11th grade) the school will be open at designated times for students to gather items from their lockers and turn in textbooks. Please check the schedule sent out last Friday. This is not mandatory. If you are not comfortable having your student participate in this, that is understandable during these times. Students are encouraged to practice social distancing and exit the building as quickly as possible. Thank you!
To: 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade Students From: Dan Gressett Date: April 23, 2020 Please click on the attached link for information about returning books and cleaning out your lockers at Ruston High School. https://5il.co/fhpq
Seniors, when you come into the school Thursday or Friday at your designated time, please stop by the table in front of the main office to complete a form regarding your transcript and diploma. Thank you.
TO: Ruston High School Seniors FROM: Dan Gressett Date: April 21, 2020 Please see the link below for instructions on returning textbooks, cleaning out your lockers, and picking up graduate sales orders. https://5il.co/fdun
To: Ruston HIgh School Class of 2020 and their Families From: Dan Gressett Date: April 14, 2020 Please see the attached letter for information about Graduation. https://5il.co/f3nw
To: Parents/Guardians From: Mike Milstead Date: April 10, 2020 Use the following link for the latest update concerning Lincoln Parish Schools. https://5il.co/ez14
The City of Ruston is partnering with Lincoln Parish Schools by inviting students who need access to WiFi to park in our Historic Fire Station, Civic Center, and Sports Complex parking lots to utilize free WiFi. Please see details for each location below. Parking lot of City Hall (signal is strongest on the north side of the building). WiFi name: Public WiFi Parking lot of Historic Fire Station WiFi name: Public WiFi Parking lot Sports Complex “B” Dixie parking lot WiFi name: Ruston Sports Complex Parking lot of Sports Complex “C” Softball/Tennis WiFi name: City of Ruston Wireless WiFi
A conference call was held Sunday afternoon, March 22nd with representatives from the Governor's Office, the Louisiana Department of Education and state superintendents. All facets of the school food service program were discussed. The issue is not whether feeding students is important. We all agree that it is. At the same time, staff and employee safety must also be considered. In one week alone, through the efforts of our dedicated employees and school personnel volunteers, we have served approximately 11,000 meals. On Monday, March 23, 2020, we averaged serving about 4 meals per child which will carry us through the current week. While this program is important, we must consider the safety and well-being of our employees as well, particularly in light of the shortage of adequate protective gear such as gloves, face masks, and thermometers. Accordingly, given the shortage of these supplies and our concern for our employees, our school system will for the time being suspend our food services after serving one more day on Monday, March 23, 2020. Thanks for your understanding.
To: Parents and Community From: Mike Milstead 1. Probably the best/most important thing you can do with your child during these days away from school is to read to and with them daily. 2. Access the resources available on our website, https://www.lincolnschools.org/. Almost daily updates continue. Many lessons, interactive practices, and tests are available. Many are based on information taught in our classrooms. In addition, some teachers continue to reach out using Google Classroom and Facebook Live. 3. If you text LACOVID to 898-211, it will send you a link to connect to up-to-date FAQ with Louisiana 2-1-1. It’s a really good source of current information concerning coronavirus. 4. Beginning Monday, March 23, we will add the Lincoln Parish School Board office at 410 South Farmerville as a site for disbursing school breakfasts and lunches, 9:30-11:00 each day. 5. Continue best practices such as good hygiene, frequent handwashing, social distancing, and remaining at home to the extent possible. 6. We will get through this time together. Our goal is to offer the best possible education to all of our students regardless of the circumstances in which we may find ourselves. Be safe out there.
To: Parents and Community Members From: Mike Milstead 1. I encourage each of you to use our online resources for your children that you can access through the Lincoln Parish School Board website, https://www.lincolnschools.org/. We continue to update these resources. Some of them are our actual providers of curriculum materials. 2. We continue to work on best ways to continue our Dual credit and AP classes. More info soon on that. 3. Meal pickups continue at 8 of our school sites below between 9:30 and 11:00 for breakfast and lunch. All children under the age of 18 qualify. Choudrant High (includes Choudrant Elementary) Cypress Springs (includes RHS) Dubach Glenview (includes RJHS) Hillcrest IA Lewis Ruston Elementary (includes LPECC) Simsboro 4. Our plan remains to resume school on Monday, April 13. 5. Please support our local restaurants during this difficult time. Even if you don’t purchase a meal, try to purchase a gift card and share a meal with someone else. 6. Please continue practices that help protect your family from coronavirus: frequent handwashing, if possible staying away from those who are sick, and cleaning surfaces. We will get through these trying times. Best wishes to each of you.