BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Thousands of students in two more school districts headed back to school Tuesday.
Students in East Baton Rouge Parish and the city of Central are back in school for their second first day of school.
Recent flooding caused schools to close for weeks, only after being open for two days. At least 11 schools in the district flooded, so students who attend those have been temporarily reassigned.
Students at Brookstown Middle School have been temporarily relocated to Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy in Baton Rouge.
Brookstown Middle Principal James Smith said half of his staff was displaced by the flood.
"We know that it's been hard; it's been tough on our students," Smith said. "It's been a long couple of months, but we want the students to know that we're excited about them coming back. Whatever the situation is, we want them here. Whatever supplies that they need and uniforms for them. We just want them to come. It's time for school to start and so if they would just come on out and be excited about being in school, we're excited as well."
Smith said it's also about determining the needs of displaced students.
"We're going to make sure that our kids are well taken care of. Attendance won't really count this week. We'll try and make sure that we know where our kids are," Smith said. "If they are displaced somewhere, we can get to them. As the teachers and faculty and staff, we're going to make sure that they are caught up and they're getting what it is, as far as school starting and throughout the rest of this year."
The first week will be dedicated to getting back to a sense of normal.
"We're excited about them coming back just for some normalcy, to get school started," Smith said. "We know they're excited. We know parents are ready for their kids to come back to school and we're ready for them to be here."
It may be a while before Brookstown Middle students and staff can get back into their building but for now, that doesn't matter so much. What matters is getting the year started so everyone can have a sense of normalcy and get back on track for a successful school year.
Students were expected back in school on Tuesday, but officials said attendance would not count the first few days because some displaced students may currently be out of the area.
For those who cannot attend the first day or week back to school, parents are asked to visit the EBR school website and fill out a form explaining the situation they are in.