The East Baton Rouge Parish School System recognizes that the recent surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Louisiana is a concern. Although we are taking appropriate measures, including but not limited to, social distancing, requiring students in grades K-12 to wear masks and employing an aggressive campaign to ensure that each school is safe to attend, it is also important to address your decision not to send your child to an in-person environment without losing a magnet seat.  

Therefore, we have addressed questions regarding enrolling in the virtual process and step-by-step instructions are listed below.


  • Are there virtual options for starting school that allow children to retain their magnet placement? Yes, but first parents must enroll their child in the EBR Virtual Academy (EBRVA) as outlined below:

Step 1: For consideration, parents may access and complete the registration document, and submit the application fora virtual seat in EBR Virtual Academy.

Step 2: Once the request is made by submitting the registration documents, parents will receive an "under review" notification, which simply lets the parent know that an additional step is involved. In this case, this notification requires the applicant to drop from the school. In turn, staff will provide parents with drop forms and a Magnet Hold Agreement to sign.

Step 3: The parent will need to bring the drop forms to EBR Virtual Academy and the school will inform them of scheduling, accessing the platform and other information, as applicable. Due to the volume of applications received, this process may take several days. We appreciate your patience during this time.

  • Will my child be able to take courses appropriate with his/her instructional needs? 

The district's virtual school is staffed with certified, experienced and highly trained instructors who will work with each parent to meet their child's individual learning needs.

  • What themes will my child be able to access using the virtual platform? 

The virtual academy was not designed to replace a magnet theme for students enrolled in a site-based program.  Therefore, the instructional model for this unusual situation will focus on your child's core instructional and developmental needs.

  • Will seats be held for students whose parents opt to enroll in the virtual option? 

Yes, but only if a student is enrolled in the EBR Virtual Academy and signs the agreement to hold the seat.

  • The virtual option is only offered to students PK-12, which means the platform cannot address the needs of three year-old students assigned to the Montessori Program. How can the learning needs of these students be met? 

Students who are three years old are only assigned to The Dufrocq School and Belfair Montessori as an integral component of the Montessori Method of Learning, which is a foundational program.  To that point, the district will hold the seats for these students. The principals of each school will provide parents with a specialized agreement for this purpose if they choose to remain at home until they feel safe to return.

  • Last year a Montessori option was offered virtually, is there a way to do so this year?

The district cannot offer a synchronous (virtual and in person) model for Montessori or any other magnet program. We recognize and realize that this may be a difficult option; however, even last year, the virtual model did not allow students to experience Montessori in a manner that facilitated academic growth.

  • How will the virtual academy provide education alignment for students coming from unique magnet programs such as language immersion, magnet?

Unfortunately, this option is not intended to offer specialized themes or any other thematic model as a virtual option. Its purpose is to provide an option for parents who are not comfortable sending their child to school at this time. However, the platform used in the district's virtual model will ensure that students receive grade level instruction based on Louisiana's standards and benchmarks. 

  • When are students expected to return to the program?

Elementary students may return at the beginning of a nine-week's marking period; however, middle and high school students may return at the beginning of the spring semester.

  • What are the steps to reapply when my child returns at the beginning of the nine-weeks or semester?

The letter of assurance (and the hold agreement) will serve as documentation for you to re-enroll your child.  Therefore, once you make a decision to return your child to the school, you must drop them from EBRVA and return your student to school with the drop forms. 

  • What if I decide not to return to the program at the beginning of the next school year (2022-2023)?

The hold agreement is only in effect for one academic year; therefore, parents who do not re-enroll by July 1, 2022 will forfeit their seat.