LIST: School closures due to recovery from Hurricane Ida

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Due to the inclement weather, schools are closing in the area.

Here is a list of schools that have announced closures:

ASCENSION PARISH SCHOOLS:

Dear Ascension Public Schools Family, 

As promised, we are providing you an update regarding the status of school reopening in Ascension Parish from the current closure due to Hurricane Ida. As of this afternoon, 30% of our schools do not have power. However, we do believe significant progress is being made each day, and we are hopeful that we will continue to see power restored to all schools as well as neighborhoods and businesses in the very near future. 

Tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, is our regularly scheduled Labor Day Holiday. We will be closed as scheduled for Labor Day. On Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, we intend to reopen for all Ascension Public Schools staff only. All employees should plan to report to work on Tuesday and will receive details regarding responsibilities and the location to report from their immediate supervisors by late afternoon Monday. Employees that work in schools or district offices that remain without power will be provided instructions about an alternative location to report for our work on Tuesday. 

There will be no instructional services provided to students on Tuesday, either in-person or online. Staff will be working to organize our reopening efforts so that when students return, the reopening is as smooth as possible. As always, a crisis or a disaster typically presents many challenges that require intentional planning in order to overcome those challenges and minimize frustration. We will be working to anticipate and remediate those obstacles we can identify as best we can prior to students arriving later this week   

At this time, we are targeting Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, for the return of students to buildings for in-person learning as well as providing online instructional services for our Blended Learning Program. However, at this time, we are unable to be absolutely certain about Wednesday as the date for reopening. More details about our anticipated opening on Wednesday will be provided Tuesday afternoon as we continue to monitor the restoration of the power grid and work through any challenges we identify with mechanical services and technology as the power to buildings is restored. We will allow after-school activities to resume for students involved in extra-curricular activities as early as tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Details regarding those activities will come from school principals, coaches, and sponsors. 

In summary, the following are our plans, thus far:

  • Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, extra-curricular activities may resume,
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, employees only report to work for a planning day, and
  • Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, students should tentatively plan to return to learning.

We continue to be grateful for the progress being made for this recovery effort. We know the community and its citizens will be back on their feet very soon. As is always the case in Ascension Parish, we continue to witness how citizens of a community rally around their neighbors to overcome the challenges and frustrations that result from these kinds of events. We all continue to pray for our neighboring parishes who experienced even greater impacts and are faced with even greater challenges. We are confident that, with patience and continued support of each other, we will see these communities completely restored.

ASSUMPTION PARISH SCHOOLS:

Assumption Parish Schools will reopen on Sept. 10 for students.

EAST BATON ROUGE SCHOOLS:

After an extensive assessment of EBRPSS school facilities, and due to continued and prolonged power outages at school sites and our community, the decision has been made to continue school closures for all EBRPSS schools until Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The decision to continue school closures came after much careful consideration as we remain focused on the safety and wellbeing of our employees and students.

Baton Rouge International School has extended closure through Wednesday, September 8. Reopening is currently scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9.

Following the reports of extensive power outages and gas shortages throughout the Capital Region, all Baton Rouge Community College campuses will remain closed through, Monday, September 6 to ensure students and employees have adequate time to continue their recovery efforts from the impacts of Hurricane Ida. The college will resume classes and normal business operations on Tuesday, September 7.  

The BRCC campus locations include: Mid City Campus, Acadian Site, Ardendale Site, Central Site, Frazier Site, Jackson Site, New Roads, and Port Allen Site. 

The Dunham School will remain closed until Tuesday, September 7.

The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge will be closed for the remainder of this week. We plan to return Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.

Helix Mentorship STEAM Academy, Helix Legal Academy, and Helix Aviation Academy will remain closed until Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Kenilworth Science and Technology school will be closed until Sept. 1.

Parkview Baptist School will be closed through Monday with plans on reopening on Tuesday, September 7.

William Carey University’s campus at Baton Rouge General will remain closed until further notice; classes will switch to virtual format as conditions permit.

Brighton School will be reopened for classes on Sept. 7.

Louisiana Key Academy will be closed until Tuesday, September 7th,

St. Joseph’s Academy will be closed through Labor Day.

Sacred Heart School is still without power. We will remain closed through Labor Day and return on Tuesday, September 7th.

The City of Baker School System will remain closed through Monday, September 6th.  We will resume normal operations on Tuesday, September 7th. Be safe and take care as we remain resilient together. 

Due to damage and multiple power outages across Baton Rouge, Hosanna Christian will be closed until Tuesday, September 7th.

In response to Hurricane Ida’s widespread impacts across the Baton Rouge area, Catholic High School administrators have decided to close campus for the remainder of the week (Thursday, September 2, and Friday, September 3). We will return to regular operations on Tuesday, September 7. 

EAST FELICIANA PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

Based on guidance from our partners with the East Feliciana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and our local utility companies, all East Feliciana Public Schools and offices will remain closed through Labor Day (Monday, September 6).

FRANU:

Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, Sept 7.

Due to the impact of Hurricane Ida, the FranU campus will be closed through Monday, Sept 6. All campus operations and activities are cancelled including remote classes and Undergraduate clinicals. Graduate clinical students should contact their faculty and/or program directors regarding clinical assignments. If unable to reach faculty or program directors, use your best judgment regarding clinicals. 

IBERVILLE PARISH SCHOOLS:

Iberville Parish School System and offices will be closed until after Labor Day. 

LIVINGSTON PARISH SCHOOLS:

Livingston Parish Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, September 1st through Friday, September 3rd.

All sporting events (including away games) canceled.

Information updates will be posted on the district’s website at www.lpsb.org and Facebook and Twitter feeds.

LSU:

In order to give our students and employees more time to recover from Hurricane Ida, LSU will be closed through Monday, Sept. 6, and will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Essential personnel should continue to check with their supervisors about their schedules during the closure.

Residence Halls will remain open and on-campus residents should follow the instructions of Residential Life staff regarding operations and meals. The LSU Dining website and LSU Dining social media will continue to be updated with information regarding meal availability.

We will announce changes to the academic calendar as soon as possible.

For students who have experienced severe physical and financial loss, visit the website for the LSU Student Emergency Support Fund to apply for financial assistance. The fund benefits students who have been impacted by emergency situations like storms, hurricanes, fires, and other disasters. Those who are not in need can donate to the fund at the website.

We will provide information about resources available to employees as soon as possible.

Please continue to be on the lookout for additional messages in the coming days. We will keep you updated as further decisions are made.

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT:

Pointe Coupee Parish Schools will be open Wednesday, Sept. 1.

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY:

Southern University’s Baton Rouge campuses remain closed through Labor Day (September 6) due to Hurricane Ida.

This includes Southern University and A&M College, Southern University Law Center, and Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Normal operations are expected to resume on Tuesday, September 7.

SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY:

All locations of Southeastern will remain closed until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Ida.

The Academic Continuity Plan will continue in the closed phase.

Monitor the website for any updates.

ST. JAMES PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM:

St. James Parish School System will remain closed through Monday, September 06, 2021. We are still working to assess the damages to our schools and community. Once these assessments are complete; and more information is provided from our local officials, we will update our SJPS community accordingly. We will continue to provide updates and resources on our website, Facebook page, and call-out system. We extend our hopes and prayers that you, our SJPS families & community, remain safe.

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH SCHOOLS:

St. John the Baptist Parish offices and schools will be closed on Wednesday, 9-1-21 in order to fully assess the full extent of damages to our buildings. This will also give families an opportunity to do the same in our community. Please look forward to updates about school closures on Wednesday morning. If anyone is in need to be rescued once it is safe to do so, please call 985-652-6338. To report down trees please text the address or location to St. John Parish at 504-884-0607.

TANGIPAHOA PARISH SCHOOLS:

All Tangipahoa Parish schools will remain closed until further notice. The TPSS staff is working closely with our parish government and local utility companies to return our schools to normal operations as soon as possible. However, this process will take some time, and we also know that our families need to focus first on their own safety and restoration. Any updates on the status of our schools will be shared via social media, TPSS’s website, and local radio stations 107.1 and 96.5 as they become available. Remember that we are stronger together, and that is exactly how we will emerge from this experience. Our hearts are with all of our TPSS students, families, and staff as our community starts down this road to recovery.

TERREBONNE PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT:

All TPSD public schools and office buildings will be closed until further notice. Our thoughts and prayers are with our entire community as we come together to recover from Hurricane Ida.

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOLS:

West Baton Rouge Parish Schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 2 and Friday, Sept. 3. All WBR Schools will be open on Tueday, Sept. 7.

WEST FELICIANA PARISH SCHOOLS:

West Feliciana Parish Schools announced that all schools will close on Wednesday due to Hurricane Ida.

ZACHARY SCHOOLS:

The ZCSD will reopen schools on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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