CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) - Central was one of the areas of East Baton Rouge Parish that sustained significant flooding. Nearly two weeks after the rain began, the school system announced its plan for returning students to the classrooms.
"Thank you for your outpouring of support for our school system during this devastating flood event," officials said in a press release. "The road ahead of us will be difficult and challenging, but we are confident that we have a solid plan in place."
Nearly 40 percent of the employee workforce for the Central School System was impacted by flooding. Employees will return to work on Thursday, Sept. 1. Students will return on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
"Our school calendar will have to be adjusted to compensate for missed days and to remain in compliance with state law and the Louisiana Department of Education required instructional minutes. These additional instructional minutes will be added to the remaining school days which might change the start and/or dismissal times for students. The revised calendar will be posted on our website along with the adjusted school hours."
Tanglewood Elementary was one of the facilities that was devastated by flood water.
"The restoration process at Tanglewood Elementary will likely take a minimum of 8 – 10 weeks. Students that attend Tanglewood Elementary will be relocated to the Central Intermediate / Central Middle School campus during this transitional time. Temporary classrooms will be set up in the multipurpose room and gymnasiums."
For the students who purchased school supplies before the flooding, there is no need to replace them, officials said.
"All student supplies will be provided for the first and second grade students that attend Tanglewood. This will include information about our before and after-care, carpool, visitors on campus, and other questions that you may have."
Distribution of school supplies that were donated will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Central High School in the gym. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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The Central Office building was also damaged during the flooding event. The staff from Central Office has been relocated to various school building sites during this restoration process.
Parents of currently enrolled students that are temporarily displaced due to the flood will have an opportunity to make a bus stop change request on August 29 or August 30 at the Central Intermediate School office area between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The bus stop change request form can be found online and completed ahead of time. As a reminder, CCSS buses will only run routes that are within the Central Community School System boundaries.
Currently enrolled students that are temporarily displaced outside of the Central Community School System boundaries that wish to continue attending school in the district will have to provide their own transportation to and from school.
Students that are now residing in Central due to the flood event who were not previously enrolled will need to complete the registration process. Registration for new students will be held on August 29 and August 30 at the Central Middle School front office area between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.