For the week of July 20 to July 24, 2020
Families Helping Families of SWLA Weekly Update
Families Helping Families of SWLA - COVID-19 Info -

Please note information in this weekly update is subject to change.

Need face mask for your family? - We've Got You Covered!

Thanks to a generous donation from the Office of the Governor - Families Helping Families is providing you and your family with FREE cloth face coverings so that you can do your part and help protect yourself and others. 

Face mask are available on a first come first served basis. Please contact Families Helping Families of SWLA for more information. (337) 436-2570 or 1-800-894-6558 or by email at .

The COVID-19 outbreak in March triggered the closing of all of Louisiana’s public and private schools, serving over 800 thousand K-12 students. Colleges and universities closed through the spring semester and two-thirds of early learning centers were shuttered. Five months later amid a statewide surge in cases, nearly 67 percent of childcare facilities are operating again and the Louisiana Department of Education, Board of Secondary and Elementary Education and Board of Regents have issued standards for reopening K-12 and college campuses.

So, what will Louisiana’s next school year look like? What health concerns do students and teachers face? How will buses handle reduced capacity requirements? How will younger students regain the nine weeks of in-person instruction they missed? Are longer school days in the future? And, how successful can online instruction be when one-third of the state’s households lack internet access?

Louisiana Public Square addresses the challenges and concerns of students and educators re-entering pre-K through higher ed classrooms on “Reopening Education” Wednesday, July 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE .
**** Please note our School Supply Drive is being held via Zoom this year****

FHF SWLA’s School Supply Drive is for families with  a child receiving special education services with an IEP  who are  in need  of  basic  school supplies. In order for your family to meet eligibility requirements to receive school supplies, a parent/guardian must attend at least ONE of the trainings listed below.

You MUST register and attend a webinar below and show proof a CURRENT Individual Education Plan (IEP) before attending a webinar to be eligible to receive your child’s supplies.

  • Fax a copy of the first page of the IEP to Fax 337-436-2578 or,
  • Email a copy of the first page of the IEP to or,
  • Mail a copy of the first page of the current IEP to Families Helping Families of SWLA, 2927 Hodges Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601

We must have proof of a CURRENT IEP before we provide school Supplies!

Please call to ask questions!

To register click on the links on our flyer, call us at (337) 436-2570 ♦ 1-800-894-6558, or email us at .
OSEP Webinar:   Resources and Practices to Support Back to School and Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities.

August 4 from 1:00–2:30 CST

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is hosting the third and final installment of its webinar series on Continuity of Learning during COVID-19. This third webinar in the series will present strategies and considerations for conducting instruction in remote, on-site, and hybrid educational settings. Specifically, this webinar will highlight exemplar resources and practices for teachers, leaders, and other providers to support students with disabilities from Preschool—Grade 12. OSEP Director Laurie VanderPloeg will facilitate the discussion and the panelist question and answer session.

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