BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Diocese of Baton Rouge made the decision last week to close schools from August 24 – August 28.
This was done prior to Marco and Laura becoming threats to the Gulf Coast.
Now that Marco has passed and Hurricane Laura heads towards the Louisiana-Texas border, the Diocese of Baton Rouge has changed course by leaving open the possibility of school starting again on Thursday for students.
The Catholic Schools’ Office of the Diocese of Baton Rouge released this statement:
“The Catholic Schools Office announced last weekend that schools throughout the diocese would be closed for the week of August 24-28 because two storms were expected to affect the area on Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday/Thursday.
The forecast at that time indicated that the area likely would experience flooding and loss of electricity. In the interest of timely and clear communication while everyone still had access, the difficult decision was made to close schools.
Thankfully, Tropical Storm Marco did not affect us, and it now appears that Hurricane Laura, which will land as a Category 3 storm, will mostly affect our friends to the west. We certainly send our prayers for all who have been and will be affected by this week’s storms.
Because of the updated weather forecast issued at 4:00 pm today, it may be possible for schools in our diocese to conduct virtual classes or on-campus classes on Thursday and/or Friday. The school principal in consultation with the pastor would decide whether to reopen and would communicate with parents, faculty and staff.
Thanks to parents and school staff for their flexibility during this time of uncertainty. We are especially grateful to principals for setting a positive tone for the school community and for demonstrating great leadership.”