ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Ascension Public Schools will reopen its schools to students in two phases as the district continues to recover from the historic flooding.
According to officials, students attending schools in Donaldsonville will return on Wednesday, Aug. 24, while all the other students in the parish will return on Monday. Aug. 29.
The school system released a plan Tuesday evening that accommodates 5,000 students who will be displaced from five campuses affected by the flooding.
Officials said the following locations are currently undergoing restoration from the flood: Galvez Middle, Galvez Primary, Lake Elementary, St. Amant Primary, St. Amant High and Central Office's Sorrento Distribution Center. They added that St. Amant Middle was also affected slightly, but the school's main campus is intact.
"We are working very methodically to find the best short-term solutions to provide a quality education for all students as we work to restore the schools impacted by flood waters," said Superintendent David Alexander. "Our plan is to give every student an opportunity to attend school with the teacher and classmates they began the school year with, although at an alternate site. We will release details of the plan as soon as possible on our website. Your patience is appreciated as we continue our recovery."
The Ascension Public Schools also released detailed information about each school in the district and the impact of flooding on staff.
More than 450 employees reported that their homes were impacted by the flood, according to a recent employee survey.
All employees will also report to work on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Those employees who were impacted by the flooding and cannot report to work on Wednesday, Aug. 24, are asked to contact their immediate supervisor. Principals of the affected campuses will contact their employees to let them know where to report for work on Wednesday.
For more information about the flood recovery plan, visit the Ascension Parish School Board's website.