BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - All students in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System will go back to school Tuesday, Sept. 6.
However, some might be going to different locations after historic flooding hit just days after students started the new school year.
Officials originally announced students would return on Wednesday, August 24. However, Superintendent Warren Drake said the delay is due to ongoing flood recovery for students, staff and facilities.
Drake said 11 of the district's 77 schools were impacted by the flooding, but repairs are already underway. He said the top priority will be providing some normalcy for students.
"Our schools are our community, and they're the center of our community, and when they come together they can help those heal that have been affected. so that is why we're talking about getting our schools back together as soon as we can," Drake said.
The following six schools will move to other facilities while repairs are being made:
- Brookstown Middle to Scotlandville Middle Magnet
- Park Forest Middle to Capitol Middle
- Glen Oaks Park Elementary to Banks Elementary
- Greenbrier Elementary to Progress Elementary
- Park Forest Elementary to Eden Park Elementary
- Howell Park Elementary to Claiborne Elementary
Officials said the school system has already resolved issues with Baton Rouge Magnet High, Northdale and Westdale Middle. They added that crews are working around the clock to get Glen Oaks High and Twin Oaks Elementary ready for students on Wednesday.
"We will set up a portal on our website, ebrschools.org, for parents to give us information about changing transportation needs. We will also have sites for parents to provide us with that information," Drake said.
Any parents who need more information on schools or transportation can call the school district office at (225) 922-5400.