Child Welfare & Attendance
The Lafayette Parish School System's Child Welfare and Attendance Office provides a variety of services to students and their families. The primary goal of the department is to design effective interventions in the areas of attendance, discipline, and dropout prevention. We also provide assistance with the following services:
- Requirements for Student Registration
- School boundaries and Zoning Guide K-12
- Employee's Student Transfer Option
- Requests for Out of Zone Exception
- Employment of Minors and Work Permits (FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED AT STUDENTS BASE SCHOOL DURING SCHOOL HOURS)
- School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
- The Lafayette Parish School System Consequences of Behavior Policy
- The Student Dress Code
- Before or After School Detention
- In School Suspension
- Alternatives to Suspension
- Attendance Interventions
- Suspension Appeal Hearings/ Reconsideration of Hearing Decision
- Expulsion/Change of Placement Hearings
- Placement at the Alternative School Site (Lerosen Preparatory)
- Transfers to Adult Education and Completion of Age Waivers (16-17 year olds)
It is our desire that the multitude of services coordinated by this office are efficient and professional and assist students to complete their education successfully. We are located at:
The LeRosen Elementary Building
516 E. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508
Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Please call (337) 521-7090, (337) 521-7089 or (337) 521-7094 for additional assistance.
Jerome Robinson, M.Ed
Director of Child Welfare and Attendance
Jerome Robinson, M.Ed, Director of Child Welfare and Attendance
Courtney Pierre, Secretary I
Jameka McKinley, M.Ed, Behavior Interventionist Coordinator
Lacey Trahan, M.Ed, Hearing Officer
Candy Kelly, M.Ed, Hearing Officer
Genevolyn Ceasar, BS, Hearing Officer
Felicia S. Washington, M.Ed, Truancy Coordinator
Melissa Keller, BS, Truancy Coordinator
Tahanna Francis, LMSW, Truancy Coordinator
Toni R. Semien, M.Ed, Truancy Coordinator
Yolanda Angel, Secretary I
Donna Sonnier, Clerical Assistant
- A birth certificate
- Proof of residence: a current utility bill (electricity/gas/water) in parent/guardian's name
- A social security card (if available)
- Student's withdrawal form from previous school, as well as last report card
- Immunization records
- All documentation for additional services needed: special education (IEP), 504 accommodations (IAP), medical needs, legal issues, etc.,
Non Domicilliary Verification Form -a form that must be completed by both parents if a student wishes to attend school in the zone of their non-domicilliary parent.
Verification of Residence or Notarized Statement Form -a form for families who live at an address where the utilities are not in their name. In order to prove residence you must (1) complete this form and have it notarized (2) have a utility bill in the name of the individual who lives at that address (3) provide either a state or federal document that arrives addressed to you at that address OR a disconnect notice from your previous address.
The Lafayette Parish School System does not have a "hardship" provision for enrolling students into schools outside of their assigned school zones. Any parent wishing to request a zone exception must complete the Request for Out of Zone Assignment Form and send to:
Jerome Robinson, M.Ed
Director of Child Welfare and Attendance
Lafayette Parish School System
P.O. Drawer 2158
Lafayette, LA 70502
The Lafayette Parish School System has a Zone Exception Review Committee. The committee will review your request for a zone exception and respond to you by letter. If the committee needs additional information you will be notified. Please call (337) 521-7094 or (337) 521-7089 for assistance. You can also email the forms to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Out of Zone Exceptions must be renewed annually.
Employees of the Lafayette Parish School System have the option of transferring their children to the appropriate level school site closest to their base school or their child care provider. Employees must complete and submit the Request for Out of Zone Assignment Form. The form may be obtained via the internet (link below) or at the Child Welfare and Attendance Office. The form must be completed prior to the beginning of each school session through the first six weeks of school. Please call (337) 521-7094 or (337) 521-7089 for assistance. You can also email the forms firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Every student has the right to be educated in a safe, respectful and welcoming environment. Every educator has the right to teach in an atmosphere free from disruption and obstacles that impede learning. An orderly, safe environment can best be achieved through the implementation of consistent school-wide positive behavior supports and discipline plans at every school in the Lafayette Parish School System. Positive behavior interventions and supports include: teaching school expectations and rules; re-teaching school expectations and rules periodically; reinforcing appropriate student behaviors; using effective classroom management and positive behavior support strategies such as early intervention for misconduct and appropriate use of consequences.
The Juvenile Justice Education Partnership Act of 2003 and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Model master Plan for Discipline initiated the framework for implementing, developing and refining a culture of discipline conducive to learning based upon school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports. School-wide positive behavior interventions and supports is based upon research that indicates that the most effective discipline systems uses proactive strategies designed to prevent discipline problems.
Email: Jerome Robinson, M.Ed (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jameka McKinley, M.Ed (email@example.com), (337) 521-7084
Positive Behavior Support Resources Online:
The Lafayette Parish School Board has recently adopted a revised student discipline policy. The newly designed discipline policy, known as the Consequences of Behavior, establishes a structured guideline for administrators to assign disciplinary consequences for universally defined behavior infractions. The plan provides for consistency in application of consequences across the district as well as assignment of strategic behavior interventions aimed at changing student behavior. New interventions such as Saturday Intervention and Alternative to Suspension are included. Additionally, parental involvement and responsibility in the discipline process has been strengthened.
In accordance with Policy File JDD: Student Suspension and Expulsion - A parent may appeal the suspension of their child. The following procedures should be followed for suspension appeals.
Suspension Appeal Procedures:
- Should parent wish to appeal the suspension (out of school only, other disciplinary assignments may not be appealed) of their child they should first speak with the building principal.
- Should the parent be dissatisfied with the building principal’s decision regarding the suspension they may file an appeal with the Child Welfare and Attendance Office by calling 521-7090. You can submit the form by fax to (337) 521-7088.
- A suspension hearing will be arranged by the Child Welfare and Attendance Office at the school site. The parent and school will be notified of the date and time of the hearing.
- A student who is appealing his/her suspension may return to school without serving the suspension unless the student is a danger to himself or others. The school principal will decide this matter. In the case of fighting, students may not return to school until their appeal is heard or the term of the suspension has ended (see JDH-R: Regulations for Administering Discipline for Fighting and/or Endangering Behavior).
- Should the student’s suspension be modified or rescinded in the disciplinary hearing, he/she would be allowed to make up any work missed.
- Should the suspension be upheld, the student will immediately begin serving the suspension.
Documents the School Will Provide to the Hearing Officer:
- Copy of original state form for infraction
- Copy of any witness statements, other evidence
- Discipline history with comments
In accordance with RS17:416 and Lafayette Parish School Board Policy File: JDD, you may request an appeal of the decision made at your child's expulsion hearing. Your appeal must be in writing and directed to:
Lafayette Parish School Board
P.O. Box 2158
Lafayette, LA 70502
Please complete the form below and submit to the Child Welfare & Attendance. If you have any questions please call (337) 521-7094, you can also email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lafayette Parish School Board will schedule a hearing to review your child's case and make a determination to either modify, uphold or reverse the decision of the hearing officer. The appeal process may take between two and six weeks. The Lafayette Parish School System recommends that you begin the process of application to alternative programs. Your child may not return to his/her base school unless the Superintendent makes such a decision.
In accordance with the Louisiana Minor Labor Law (Title 23, Chapter 3 of Revised Statutes of 1950, as Amended) the Lafayette Parish School System works cooperatively with the Louisiana Department of Labor and local businesses to issue work permits for individuals under the age of 18 residing in Lafayette Parish. The Intention to Employ Minor Form can be obtained through local businesses, the Child Welfare and Attendance Office and available for download below.
During the regular school session, public high school students may obtain a work permit from their high school site (including W.D. & Mary Baker Smith Career Center). During school holidays and summer sessions, work permits may be obtained at Child Welfare and Attendance located at the LeRosen Elementary Building. Student must be present.
All private school students or individuals no longer enrolled in school must obtain work permit through Child Welfare and Attendance at all times. Student must be present. Permits will be issued at LeRosen (5165 East Pinhook Road, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501) at the following times: Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm.
Please call (337) 521-7090 for any questions or concerns.
The Lafayette Parish School System has an updated online guide that informs residents of which schools their children should attend based upon the address of the apartments.
This document allows residents to determine the elementary, middle and high schools for which their children are zoned based upon the physical address of their home. Streets are listed in alphabetical order; those that cross more than one school zone have street numbers listed. The document is searchable.
If you have any zoning questions after viewing our Apartment Guide or Street Directory, please contact the office of Child Welfare and Attendance at 521-7090.
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