LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Livingston Parish School officials released the details about schedules and assignments for students who attend schools that were severely affected by flooding.
Officials announced Friday, Aug. 26 that all Livingston Parish students would be returning to classes on Monday, Sept. 12. According to Superintendent Rick Wentzel, most students in the parish will attend their regular schools with a normal class schedule.
"The most important thing now is to get all our students back in class, and begin to take steps toward resuming a sense of normalcy," Wentzel said.
However, students at Denham Springs Elementary and Southside Elementary will be assigned to other elementary campuses depending on grade level.
Denham Springs Elementary
- Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd grades to attend Eastside Elementary
- 3rd, 4th and 5th grades to attend Freshwater Elementary
- Pre-K, K and 1st grades to attend Lewis Vincent Elementary
- 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades to attend Juban Parc Elementary
Students at four other schools will be platooned at nearby campuses. There will be abbreviated morning and afternoon classes for the two schools sharing each site.
Students from the host school will attend class from 6:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m., while the visiting students will attend from 12:25 p.m. to 5:37 p.m.
- Live Oak High School host to Denham Springs High School
- Live Oak Middle School host to Denham Springs Freshman High
- Juban Parc Junior High host to Southside Junior High
- Springfield Middle School host to Springfield High School
"We believe these assignments and the abbreviated schedules for some of our schools will best address the immediate needs of our students as we work to resume class for all our students in Livingston Parish," Wentzel said.
"We understand that the new schedules will create traffic concerns and some challenging transportation issues. We ask that our parents and community members to be patient and work with us to resolve the issues as quickly and safely as possible," Wentzel added.
Officials said all school cafeterias will operate as normal and all students will be allowed to eat free through Sept. 30. Any parents who have questions about food services are asked to call Sommer Purvis at (225) 686-4240.
Wentzel advised parents with questions or specific concerns regarding the school assignments to call their child's school. He added that parents who need of supplies or uniforms should also reach out to their child's school for assistance.
"We have several volunteers and organizations that are generously working with us to fully equip our students to return to the classroom. We encourage parents to let us know each child's need so we can help obtain the necessary resources," Wentzel said.
The superintendent said that while students are in the platooning arrangement, they will not receive the regular, normal amount of scheduled class instruction. However, Wentzel said the district is in the process of getting a waiver from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for the state's required instructional minutes.
The district has made some changes to the academic calendar with some make-up days, according to Wentzel. The revamped schedule can be viewed here.
For more information, visit the Livingston Parish Public Schools' website.