EBR students to return on Wednesday; some schools relocate
BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge Parish superintendent and school officials gave an update on the status of multiple schools in the area on Thursday afternoon following the recent flooding.
Superintendent Warren Drake announced that East Baton Rouge parish students were to report to school on Wednesday, Aug. 24 and teachers were to return to work on Monday, Aug. 22. PreK and kindergarten students are to return on Monday, Aug. 29.
Drake said that currently one third of the East Baton Rouge school employees had been affected or displaced by the flooding. Drake went on to say that of the 77 school sites in the parish, 11 of those schools were impacted by flood water.
Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Northdale and Westdale Middle School have been repaired and will be ready to open next Wednesday.
However a handful of schools will be relocating as a result of damage. They are as follows:
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
The superintendent urged for parents to not enroll their children in another school, rather to relocate to the above schools.
He said that with returning to school, transportation will be the greatest challenge as 40 to 50 percent of buses and bus drivers were impacted, but a spare fleet of buses will be used.
Drake stated that as parents notify schools of relocation, those routes will be added to the existing bus routes in order to get those students to and from school. According to Drake, athletics will resume to normal activities and two jamborees are scheduled for next Friday at Broadmoore High School and Woodlawn High School.
The superintendent reiterated throughout the press conference that he understands the tragedy that has struck the area, but school officials are working around the clock to get students back to normalcy as quickly as possible.
For information on East Baton Rouge schools visit ebrschools.org.