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    Call 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437) toll free to report child abuse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Have questions about the reopening of school in Washington Parish for the 2020-2021 year? Email them to WPCOVID@WPSB.INFO. An FAQ will be updated on the WPSB website based on questions received.

    If you have been near an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine.

    Beginning January 4, WPSS will follow the newly adopted CDC & LDH quarantine guidelines of at least 10 days from date of exposure.

    Washington Parish School System

    Safe Schools Reopening Plan and Procedures

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    Franklinton High School Marine ROTC Color Guard

    Ponemah Wreath Ceremony

    Students are now able to fill water bottles or cups and drink water safely while at school due to a generous donation from Cargill of Franklinton.  Safe water filling stations are being installed at all district schools. WPSS is grateful for our community partnership with Cargill.

    Varnado High School student, LaDerrick Smith, was awarded the highest honor given to youth by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) at the national conference in Washington D.C.  CADCA is a national program purposing to reduce drug use one community at a time. Smith received the National Outstanding Youth Leader of the Year award.  This award recognizes leaders that have gone above the call of duty to work diligently in their coalitions, demonstrate a passion from making an impact on their community and have a lasting effect on the NYLI (National Youth Leadership Initiative.)

    Three Washington Parish School System students attended the conference: LaDerrick Smith, Khaled Waliagha and Emma Williams. Congratulations LaDerrick!

    Washington Parish students featured in national publication.  Click here to read more.


    FPS Paw Pride Club collected blankets and socks for the residents at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. 


    Accolades to the awesome WPSS Business Department for receiving the Association of School Business Officials International's Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting Award for the 2020 fiscal year Comprehensive Annual Financial Report!

    The district's participation in the COE program is a testament to our commitment to transparency and high-quality financial reporting.



    Summer Feeding Program

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     LDOE 2021 Parent and Family Engagement Survey

    The Family Engagement Survey is an online survey designed to inform school systems and building leaders about their success at engaging parents in the education of the children. The survey is designed to be distributed to every student’s parents/guardians. The Family Engagement Survey:

    • Evaluates the engagement of parents/guardians within five separate domains. 
      • Do staff members create a welcoming environment for parents? 
      • Do staff members collaborate with parents in supporting student learning?
      • Do staff members practice effective communication with parents regarding their children’s education? 
      • Do staff members practice sharing power and advocacy with parents regarding their children’s education?
      • Do staff members facilitate community involvement?
    • Is based on the PTA National Standards for Parent-School Partnerships.
    • Is sensitive to change.
    • Is quick and easy to complete online, resulting in a high response rate.
    • Empowers parents to affect meaningful change in district/school culture.
    • Produces reliable results across grade levels.

    When used in conjunction with other data, the Family Engagement Survey provides administrators and educators the opportunity to recognize strengths in their family engagement practices and create strategies for improvement. Remember, individual responses are confidential. 

    Click here to complete the survey:




    What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

    The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

    • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
    • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
    • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

    Click here for more information.


    Washington Parish School Board proudly recognized the 2021 Students of the year!  We are honored to have these outstanding young adults represent our schools and communities.

    8th Grade Students of the Year:

    Sarah Knight - VHS, Dillon Sumrall - PHS, Camdyn Quinn - MHS, Bailey Burdette - FJHS

    12th Grade Students of the Year:

    Ashlyn Welch - FHS, Elizabeth Barber - PHS, Ansley Knight - MHS, LaDarrick Smith - VHS

    District Students of the Year:

    Bailey Burdette - FJHS            LaDarrick Smith - VHS 


    WPSS had 3 talented students represent the district at the Louisiana School board Association's annual conference.  These students were given this opportunity by winning the district-level Talented Art contest.  Their art was on display at the LSBA Conference in February.

    Rhett Anderson, FES - Sharon Fornea, Art Teacher

    Makenzie Bickham, EES - Kelly Stubbs, Art Teacher

    Keely Falgout, MHS - Tania Thompson, Art Teacher


    2021 Teachers of the Year

    P-EBT Louisiana - Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program

    More P-EBT funds are being issued for the 2020-2021 school year. Click the logo above for more information.

    Our Vision

    ALL students receive quality instruction in a rigorous and relevant curriculum to prepare them to graduate college or career ready.

    Our Mission

    We Prepare Students for Success

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    Job Openings

    To view positions that the Washington Parish School System is accepting applications for, click here.

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    New "Thomas Bypass"

    Superintendent Frances Varnado presented a pewter tray to Dr. Jerry and Ms. LouAnn Thomas acknowledging their generous donation of 0.793 acres of land at Thomas Elementary School to the Washington Parish School System.  The land acquisition helped create the new “Thomas Bypass” and was donated to help traffic flow at the school and clear congestion on Highway 424.  During the recognition, Dr. Thomas renewed his commitment to the Thomas/Pine community and the school system with future plans of expanding Early Childhood opportunities. 

    Resource Officers recognized

    Washington Parish School System Resource Officers were recently recognized for their dedication, compassion, & hard work.  These officers go above and beyond every day to keep students and staff safe while at school.

    Lionel Mark with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and John Herring and Ernie Corkern with the Franklinton Police Department were presented plaques of gratitude for their service to Washington Parish Schools.

    Superintendent Frances Varnado presented a plaque in memory of Mr. Harold Varnado, Jr. to his family for his many years of service as a resource officer to the Washington Parish School System as well.

    The Franklinton Police Department and Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office were recognized for the endless amount of support provided to the Washington Parish School System.

    Washington Parish School Board Receives 2020 Best of Franklinton Award

    Franklinton Award Program Honors the Achievement

    FRANKLINTON  -- Washington Parish School Board has been selected for the 2020 Best of Franklinton Award in the Elementary And Secondary Schools category by the Franklinton Award Program.

    SOURCE: Franklinton Award Program

    Franklinton High School is truly honored to display the Louisiana State Flag donated by Representative Melinda White.

    A very special thank you to Mrs. Melinda White for her donation of the state flag.