East Baton Rouge school system pushes back start of school until Sept. 6
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - All students in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System will go back to school Tuesday, Sept. 6 after safety concerns pushed back the return date.
Officials originally announced students would return on Wednesday, August 24. However, officials said they determined the schools would not be adequately prepared to safely resume school until after Labor Day.
They made the decision after talking with staff members and taking in the resources available.
"Today I met with principals. We've been getting feedback from everybody, and two issues are keeping us from opening this Wednesday," said Superintendent Warren Drake. "One is the facility preparedness, our facilities are just not ready. We had 11 facilities flooded. We have some other ones and just some other issues with rain coming through the ceiling, but the biggest issue right now is transportation. We have 200 less buses than we need. Many flooded, at least 100 flooded."
Officials said employees will continue to report to their sites as directed by their supervisor.
"We want to ensure that our students are in safe buildings and can be delivered to their schools by reliable buses," Drake said. "Beginning after Labor Day will provide us time to work on the facilities and order new buses. I want you to know that this was a difficult decision,but our students safety comes first."
On Thursday, August 18, Drake said 11 of the district's 77 schools were impacted by the flooding, but repairs were already underway.
The following six schools will move to other facilities while repairs are being made:
- Brookstown Middle to Scotlandville Middle Magnet
- Park Forest Middle to Capitol Middle
- Glen Oaks Park Elementary to Banks Elementary
- Greenbrier Elementary to Progress Elementary
- Park Forest Elementary to Eden Park Elementary
- Howell Park Elementary to Claiborne Elementary
Officials said the school system has already resolved issues with Baton Rouge Magnet High, Northdale and Westdale Middle. They added that crews are working around the clock to get Glen Oaks High and Twin Oaks Elementary ready for students.
"We will set up a portal on our website, ebrschools.org, for parents to give us information about changing transportation needs. We will also have sites for parents to provide us with that information," Drake said Thursday.
Any parents who need more information on schools or transportation can call the school district office at (225) 922-5400.
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