Ascension Parish Schools reopening date undetermined due to power outages

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Ascension Parish Schools Superintendent David Alexander released a statement on the opening of schools after extended closures due to Hurricane Ida.

“We are hopeful that we will be able to have students return to learning one day next week, but at this time, we do not have the necessary information required to provide you with an official date for reopening,” Alexander said.

With Monday, Sept. 6 being a national holiday, the earliest day schools could open would be Tuesday, Sept. 7 but the exact date is yet to be decided.

“When we do return to in-person learning, we will continue following Governor Edwards’ mask mandate, as required by the effect of law, that was extended through September 29, 2021, per Proclamation 167,” Alexander said. “We look forward to a day when face coverings in schools are determined by local school boards.”

24 out of 40 school sites and districts have power. The 16 sites without power cannot have operations properly checked until power is restored. These operations include the status of kitchen equipment, mechanical equipment, sewers, servers for technology, etc.

“We will plan to send you an updated message late Sunday afternoon with more details about what next week will look like,” Alexander said.

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