- School Hours
- Morning Meeting
- Food Service
- Lusher Letter
- Half Days
- Early Dismissal
- Emergency Cards
- Emergency School Closures
- Workbook Fees and Assessment
- For Your Child's Safety
- Team Organization
- Resource Classes
- Talented in the Arts
- English as a Second Language
- Social Worker
- Speech Therapist
- Support and Appraisal
- School Nurse
- 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Instructional supplies for and enriched curriculum.
Capital Improvements-Air conditioning, smoke alarms, additional storage
units within classrooms, playground equipment, improving bathrooms.
Other needs that are identified by the Lusher community.
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.
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.