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2021 Regular Legislative Session Laws

The Louisiana Legislature adjourned the 2021 Regular Legislative Session on June 10, 2021. Below are summaries of new laws and
legislative resolutions relative to Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education policy that are most relevant to the Special School
District. To access the full text and to search for other legislative instruments, please view this document or visit www.

Masks, virtual classes are challenging for Louisiana students who can’t hear or see

Article by: Rachel Mipro
From Louisiana Illuminator

The requirements to submit to daily temperature checks, wear masks, repeatedly wash hands and stay apart from one another has made education in the time of the novel coronavirus tedious and difficult for all students. However, students whose hearing or vision is impaired have had even more challenges to endure to learn in a safe and healthy environment. 

To view the full article on the Louisiana Illuminator Website visit this link

Art wall features tiles of art
Congratulations to the 2021 graduates of Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired and Louisiana School for the Deaf. 
Picture with text that reads "congratulations to the class of 2021" Image features the LSVI color blue on one side with the trojan green LSD color on the other side with the war eagle


Oct 30, 2019

                      First-of-its-Kind Professional Development Event Paves Way for District to Become Statewide Resource

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana Special School District today convened approximately 140 educators from across the state for a day of professional development focused on curriculum accessibility and how to support students classified as having low-incidence disabilities, including blindness, deafness, and autism, as well as those with limited communication access due to multiple disabilities.

The event, which was called “Click or Treat: Content Needs Accessibility” and included Halloween-themed activities, was the first event of its kind to be hosted by the SSD, which aims to establish itself as a statewide support resource for students classified with low-incidence disabilities. The event was held on the joint campus of the Louisiana School for the Deaf and the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired in Baton Rouge.

“By launching this trendsetting professional development opportunity, the SSD wishes to signal that we take very seriously our strategic commitment to creating and sustaining unifying systems of support for all SSD schools and programs,” said SSD Superintendent Ernest E. Garrett III. ”This event is therefore aligned with the SSD’s long term goal of expanding support to students with disabilities across the state through outreach and educational offerings. We are pleased at the level of interest and engagement surrounding this effort and expect to have more such opportunities in the months and years ahead.”

At the day-long event, participants attended a variety of sessions to learn new instructional strategies and to gain exposure to new technologies to enhance student learning. Session topics ranged from how educators can use tactile graphics to support STEM instruction to how educators can engineer their environments for learners who benefit from visual supports to how schools can create comprehensive plans to support diverse learners. See a complete list of sessions. (will open in new tab)

Participants also received information about the cost-effective resources available to them year-round through the Louisiana Accessible Education Materials Center (will open in new tab) (LA-AEM). The statewide resource center, which is overseen by the SSD, provides expertise and tools designed to advance the education of students with low-incidence disabilities. It does this through professional development opportunities for educators and community members, a resource library with nearly 3,000 educational materials and assistive devices, and direct services, such as one-on-one training and consultation.

“LA-AEM is a little-known but invaluable resource for stakeholders across Louisiana,” said LA-AEM Director Robin King. “If educators or families need access to devices to enhance listening or to have everyday classroom materials translated to braille, for example, it's just a phone call away."

Learn more about how to request a service. (will open in new tab)



July 10, 2019
Back to School Health Forms

Good afternoon LSD and LSVI parents. This is a gentle reminder to return your completed medical documents for the new school year as soon as possible. This helps us to prepare for your child's needs before school begins and will expedite the check-in process at the Back to School Bash. Residential students will only be allowed to stay on campus with the required documentation. Please feel free to contact the Student Health Center at 225.757.3246 with any questions. If you prefer to drop-ff the documents, our summers hours are 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. We look forward to seeing you soon!

May 17, 2019
Health Information: Norovirus Alert

Dear Parents:
This notice is to provide you information about a recent increase in students presenting with a common virus called Norovirus at the School for the Deaf and the School for the Visually Impaired. According to the Louisiana Office of Public Health, noroviruses are often referred to as the “stomach flu” and present with symptoms such as: 

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Chills
  • Weakness
As part of the district’s health and safety measures and to prevent further contamination, any students experiencing these symptoms are being sent home. If your child has any of these symptoms, please do not send them to school. Students must be symptom-free for 24 hours before they are allowed to return.

All group student activities, outside normal classroom instruction, are being reviewed by district and school leaders to determine the best plan of action. Therefore, some activities may be cancelled or postponed. School leaders will inform parents, students, and school staff of any changes to previously scheduled events.

Meanwhile, the SSD recommends practicing proper precautions, such as thoroughly washing hands and disinfecting commonly used items (i.e. doorknobs, phones, light switches, bathroom fixtures, linens). District personnel have been working diligently to decontaminate all common areas such as dormitories, classrooms, and the cafeteria. More information on Norovirus can be found here.

For questions related to this notice please contact your school administration. You may also email the district office at

Thank you in advance for helping us keep our students and staff healthy.

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