Ascension Public Schools unable to reopen Sept. 8

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Ascension Public Schools

ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander said they are unable to reopen for students on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Alexander said the biggest obstacle facing reopening is power. They continue to assess power restoration among other obstacles so students can return to school by the end of the week.

80% of district- and school-level employees started working to resume normal operations after Hurricane Ida. Alexander said efforts by staff included:

  • Teachers and school-level staff made efforts to reach out to almost 24,000 students and families to better understand their circumstances and check on their well-being;
  • Bus drivers drove routes and identified trouble spots so that we could report those areas for priority attention;  
  • Administrative services resumed operations to ensure that employee payroll is not delayed among other administrative services;  
  • Technology continues to assess our systems that impact telecommunications and our digital platform; and
  • Maintenance department will continue to press forward, as they have been doing for some time now, to assess the function of buildings as power is restored. 

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