ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Some students in Ascension Parish will be attending different campuses while their schools recover from flooding. Five schools took on water during the historic event.
The front of Lake Elementary and St. Amant High schools look much like the houses and businesses nearby. They were also devastated by flooding. The classrooms are at the curb, the buses are parked, and disaster recovery teams are working seven days a week to restore what was ruined.
"It's very similar to what a resident has to do. When you can't live in your house, you have to go live with somebody else or you have to find new property to rent or own," Alexander said.
Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander said he and school leaders have had to find new temporary schools for hundreds students and teachers at five schools.
Students at Lake Elementary will attend one of three schools depending on their grade levels. St. Amant Gators will be sharing classrooms in the afternoons with the Dutchtown Griffins.
There are also plans in place for students at Galvez Primary, Galvez Middle and St. Amant Primary schools.
"This is the most functional plan given our resources, our alternatives out there, given how we can deliver resources during the day," Alexander said.
That includes food services, transportation and extra-curricular activities. Alexander estimates the cleaning process will be complete in ten days. He said once that is done school system leaders will have a better idea of when students will be able to return to their original schools. Alexander said the best case scenario would be before the end of the first nine weeks. But he is asking everyone to be patient.
"We will get back to what we call normal and it won't be forever. In the meantime, we are going to get to know each other in a different way and get support each other in a different way and I think it will only make us stronger when we come out of this," Alexander said.
The detailed temporary plan for Ascension Public Schools along with answers to parents' questions can be found on the Ascension Parish School Board's website.