I hope all of our students and families are safe and secure. I have some new information about a timeline for the reopening of schools, which of course, depends on many factors, mainly the restoration of electrical power throughout the entire city. I am sure you are following the Entergy map and timeline, which is looking more promising than originally anticipated.
Other factors that must be considered before schools reopen are the widespread availability of food, water, gas, healthcare, and other essentials, the repair, and readiness of our facilities, the status and availability of our bus fleet, food service, and custodial services.
All three of our school buildings sustained minor damage that should be able to be repaired by our maintenance teams and a few outside vendors. The timeline for that work is also dependent on the restoration of power and normalization of other factors in the city including access to fuel. In addition to general clean-up and repair, we need to ensure that any environmental issues that may develop from the water and lack of power have also been addressed.
With all of these factors in mind, we are anticipating the best-case scenario for power restoration in NOLA, which currently is September 8. We are planning for all faculty and staff to be prepared to return to work on September 13 and for students to return to school on September 15. If that date changes, we will communicate that to you ASAP.
If you have not done so, be sure to register with FEMA for any assistance you may be eligible for due to damage to your property, etc. FEMA announced a program that will provide every household with $500 and also a program to cover hotel costs for eligible New Orleanians after Ida. See the information for registering below. You may apply in one of the following 3 ways:
We will amend the school calendar to accommodate for lost learning due to Ida. More information is forthcoming when we have details.
We will continue to update you as we have more/different information. Stay safe and take care of yourselves, and remember to ‘Look for the helpers.’ They are out there if you need them. We are all in this together.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ ~ Fred Rogers
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