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Statement on Special Board of Directors Meeting
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To access the full statement download the Word document using the link below:

SSD Board Meeting Statement 7.25.docx

Monday, July 25, 2022 

CONTACT: Lynne Bunch
[email protected]

On Monday, July 25, the Louisiana Special School District Board of Directors held a special meeting to discuss the ongoing investigation of Superintendent Ernest Garrett III.

A review of the Superintendent's performance revealed several potential compliance and performance issues. After careful consideration, the SSD District Board opted to go in a different direction with district leadership by a vote of 8-0. The Board’s review was limited, and outside agencies may require further investigation.

The Board unanimously motioned to choose Mr. Chas Griffin, legal counsel of the Board, and Acting Superintendent Katherine Granier to report the findings of the investigation to the Office of State Inspector General, the Division of Administration, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, and the District Attorney. SSD will cooperate with any investigation these agencies may pursue, but the Board cannot comment on any specific findings.

The SSD Board will work to ensure a smooth transition as a search for a new superintendent begins.

“Several Board members responded to concerned teachers and parents saying the newly formed Board is dedicated to placing students first,” said Ronnie Morris, Chair of the SSD Board of Directors Personnel Committee. “They appreciate the specialized skills necessary for educators to prepare their students for success in college or career endeavors upon graduation.”

                                                              Asbestos Report in black text with SSD logo
The Louisiana Special School District would like to inform you about the presence of asbestos containing materials (ACM) inside the buildings on the campus of The Louisiana School For The Deaf & Visually Impaired at 2888 Brightside Lane, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70820. ACM present in the school is friable and non-friable. All ACM at present is in good condition. The Louisiana Special School District will be conducting periodic surveillance every six months and reinspections every three years utilizing accredited asbestos inspectors to verify the condition of all ACM.

 Copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is available for inspection by the public during normal business hours, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 The plan is available for inspection without cost or restriction and anyone who desires to inspect the plan should contact Jeff Jacobs.

 If additional information is needed, please contact Mr. Jeff Jacobs @ 225-757-3399. 

This notice published January 27, 2022.

To view or download this as a PDF click here

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

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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)


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 [email protected].

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

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