EBR students return for first day of school since flood
BATON ROUGE – Tuesday was the first day of school for students in East Baton Rouge since the recent historic flooding.
It was the second time students experienced a first day back to school since summer break.
"We only came to school for two days, and then the rains came, we've been out three and half weeks," Warren Drake, EBR superintendent, said.
However, this time, many of the students are displaced at new schools. Eleven EBR school campuses saw flood damage and six were not able to open in time for Sept. 6.
"We had some damage, we had water over our feet that first day of flooding, and we spent the first few days cleaning up, drying, and getting ready for school," Jeremy Couvillion, principal of Westdale Middle, said.
Some students still remain in shelters and thousands are in new schools.
"We have rerouted 5000 students around the city, displaced students, we'll pick students up at the River Center, and we'll get them to our schools," Drake said.
The main concern for parents right now is the loss of school time and how students will make it up.
"We are going to do what we have to do, we are going to work together, give our kids as much time as possible with great teachers," Drake said.
Drake said that the state is looking to give students more time during testing but he is not counting on that too much. Rather, school officials will consider a number of options before making official plans. Schools are considering adding five minutes to the school day to make up for the time, similar to what schools in New Orleans did after Hurricane Katrina.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Ascension Parish accepts DOTD roads transfer
Livingston Parish School employees demand pay bump
Responses pour in after On Your Side report profiling man's bike troubles
Supreme Court ruling adds new wrinkle in Louisiana tax talks
Last animal shelter in Ascension facing possible closure, considering tax for funding
LSU Track star Aleia Hobbs happy she could represent her home state...
14-year-old CoCo Gauff wants to be the next star in pro tennis
Pete Jenkins reflects on 2017 season
Temeka Johnson basketball camp about more than the game
Saints looking to fill backfield void during Ingram's 4-game absence