LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Traffic was a little busier in Livingston Parish since school got back in session Monday morning.
Thousands of students took one small step toward normalcy, even though circumstances at home are anything but normal.
"It felt wonderful having them back on campus. Everybody was excited," said Beth Jones, principal at Live Oak High. "Even some of my students who were hugging me, saying 'Ms. Jones you would never hear me say I wanted to come back to school. They were excited to be back at school so everybody was excited to get back to a structure, a routine and knew this is where they needed to be."
There are a few changes for some students as they get back into the swing of things. Students who attended schools that flooded are coming back to a new facility. Live Oak High School is now home for students from Denham Springs High School.
"We're just happy that our school is up and running. That we're back, able to host somebody," Jones said. "We know that there's a lot of life lessons that our students have learned through this and one of those is being a gracious host and giving back. That's something we try to do a lot of - a lot of community service."
Crews are working to clear up Denham High to get it in working order so students can return and finish the year. But in the meantime, they'll call their neighbor school their second home. thanks to Live Oak's gracious open arms.
"It's better to give than receive so we're hoping that all of our students and everybody acts as gracious hosts to welcome in Denham Springs in their moment of tragedy right now," Jones said.
Juban Park Elementary is also one of the host schools for those that were flooded. Half of the students who attend Southside Elementary - second, third, fourth and fifth graders - will attend Juban Park Elementary. The other half - Pre-K, Kindergarten and first graders - will attend Lewis Vincent Elementary.
Parents and students should be aware of the changes, but anyone with questions is urged to contact their school for more information.
Administrators say about 16 school sites, the transportation site and the special education building were affected by the flooding. Between 800 and 1,000 staff members were displaced, too.
To see a map of the school changes and watch the "Our Recovery Story" video done by Walker High School, visit the Livingston Parish School Board's website.