About Lusher General Information
General Information
  1. School Hours
  2. Morning Meeting
  3. Transportaion
  4. Food Service
  5. Lusher Letter
  6. Half Days
  7. Early Dismissal
  8. Emergency Cards
  9. Medication
  10. Textbooks
  11. Lockers
  12. Emergency School Closures
  13. Workbook Fees and Assessment
  14. For Your Child's Safety
  15. Team Organization
  16. Library
  17. Resource Classes
  18. Talented in the Arts
  19. English as a Second Language
  20. Social Worker
  21. Speech Therapist
  22. Support and Appraisal
  23. School Nurse
  24. Telephone Use

1) School Hours

Lusher Extensions hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, school hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. Students are dismissed early on Fridays so that staff meetings can be held. Students are admitted to the school yard at 8:15 a.m. Participants in the breakfast program are allowed to enter at 8:00 a.m. Teachers are on duty for 10 minutes before morning meeting and after dismissal. Students not involved in the Extended Day Program are expected to leave school promptly after dismissal. Those who remain will be placed in the ADEPT program and charges according. The hours at Willow Street are from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

2) Morning Meeting

Morning meetings are held daily on the school yard for approximately the first 10-15 minutes of school. These meetings include announcements and occasional short student presentations. Parents are invited to attend morning meeting whenever possible. In inclement weather students will be allowed in the cafeteria to purchase lunch tickets and will be directly sent to their homeroom classes. 

3) Transportation

Students who reside outside a one-mile radius of the school are eligible for public transit coupons provided by the Orleans Parish School Board. These coupons allow the student to take public transit to and from school at no charge except for transfers. Bus ticket applications go home with each student on the first day of school and are available in the office. 

4) Food Service

Lusher has a breakfast and lunch program. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 8:00 to 8:15 a.m. to those who qualify through the free lunch program. Lunch tickets may be purchased each morning before morning meeting. Applications for free or reduced cost lunches are distributed to all parents at the beginning of the school year or may be obtained form the offices. Students may bring a sack lunch and purchase mild. No carbonated beverages are allowed in the cafeteria. 

5) Lusher Letter

As a means of informing parents about school events, the Lusher Letter is sent home on Friday with each student. Parents, teachers, or students may contribute articles to the Lusher Letter. Items for Lusher Letter must be submitted by 3:00 Wednesday for Friday's distribution. When students earn Project Pride for the week, there will be a star or some indication in the Project Pride box on the front page. Parents, please ask your child for this letter each Friday. For more information and to read past Lusher Letters, go to

6) Half Days

There are a number of half days throughout the school year. Lunch is normally served and students are dismissed at noon. You will be notified in advance of these early dismissal days through the Lusher Letter. 

7) Early Dismissal

If your child needs to leave school before the end of the day, it is necessary for the parent or guardian to come to the office to sign him/her out. No student will be released to anyone but a parent or guardian without parent authorization. 

8) Emergency Cards

Emergency cards are necessary because we need a telephone number where parents can be reached during the day in case a student is ill or injured. If parents are unavailable during school hours they should give the telephone number of someone who will be able to care for the student in case of emergency. These cards are very important. 

9) Medication

If a student must take medication at school, a medical release form must be signed. Medicine may not be kept by the student. All medication must be in a closed container, clearly labeled with the name of the medication, the dosage, and the student's name. 

10) Textbooks

Textbooks for each class are distributed by each teacher at the beginning of the school year. All textbooks must be covered. Students are responsible for taking care of their textbooks. Students will be required to pay the cost of replacing a lost or damaged textbook or library book. Students and parents will be required to sign a textbook receipt/contract which includes all titles, book numbers and cost of each book. 

11) Lockers

Seventh and eighth grade students are assigned to lockers by their homeroom teachers. Students are required to use combination locks. The combination must be given to the homeroom teacher. Lockers are not to be used at times other than those designated. 

12) Emergency School Closures

In the event of emergency school closures due to hazardous weather conditions, mechanical failures, fires, etc. WWL AM (87 on the dial) with broadcast that information on the hour and half hour beginning at 5:00 a.m. 

13) Workbook Fees and Assessments

Teachers are allowed to request money for classroom supplies such as workbooks, art materials, etc. In addition to the classroom fee, Lusher has been forced, along with other public schools, to assess an annual PTSA fee for each child. This money is used to pay for basic needs of the school, such as:

14) For Your Child's Safety

In order to insure your child's safety, a buddy system has been implemented at Lusher. Every time a child finds it necessary to leave the classroom, that child is assigned a buddy to go with him/her. Also, persons visiting Lusher during school hours must first go to the office to sign in and obtain a visitor's pass. Upon leaving the school, the visitor must return to the office to sign out and return the pass. 

15) Team Organization

At Lusher Extension, students are assigned to grade level teams. All the students assigned to a team share a group of teachers. Team teachers meet daily and are available to meet with students and parents by appointment. Exploratory classes, which change each quarter, are assigned to students. 

16) Library

Lusher has a full-time librarian at each site to help students maximize their use of the library and assist students and teachers in curriculum oriented activities. Each language arts class is scheduled for a library period once a week. This time is used for browsing through and checking out books, receiving lessons in library etiquette and skills or literature appreciation and research work. Students in grades 6 through 8 check out books for two weeks. Books may be renewed. Students may not take more books until overdue books are returned. Reference books, such as encyclopedias and magazines are available for use in the library but are not checked out by the students. Any student damaging or losing a book will be required to pay for the book. The library is open from 8:15 to 3:15 each day. Students may come to the library with passes from classroom teachers or the librarian to do research work at times other than their scheduled library day. Parents are invited to visit and/or use materials from the library. 

17) Resource Classes

A resource program for students in grades 6 - 8 available for those students who have been evaluated and identified as academically gifted or student in need of additional help. Students attend the resource class for two to three hours per day and are groups by grade level. A list of criteria for eligibility and explanation of the evaluation process is available at the school. 

18) Talented in the Arts

This program meets the needs of those students who are identified as having exceptional ability in music, visual arts and/or drama. Students are referred by teachers and screened through an evaluation process by the Special Education Department. Students who leave their regular classes to participate in this program are expected to keep up their classwork. 

19) English as a Second Language

Children from many foreign countries are enrolled at Lusher. Those that are not fluent in English are eligible for special instruction and emotional support to help them adjust to a new language and culture. The ESL teacher works with these children in a resource class. 

20) Social Worker

Services of the Social Worker can be requested by the school, parent, or student when needed. 

21) Speech Therapist

Students in need of speech therapy can be referred for evaluation through the school system. Each child in the program meets with a Speech Therapist on a regular basis. 

22) Support and Appraisal Resource Person

The Support and Appraisal Resource Person works with parents, classroom teachers and resource teachers in the evaluation procedure for Special Education and resource referrals. 

23) School Nurse

The school nurse is available on a limited basis to address student health concerns. Immunization records are monitored regularly. Any chronic health problems should be reported to the school nurse through the school office. 

24) Telephone Procedure

Parents are asked to leave messages for students only in cases of emergency. Students cannot use the office telephones except in cases of emergency with permission of the office personnel.