Lafourche Parish Superintendent of schools Jarod Martin updated on the school district’s process with Hurricane Ida’s recovery, COVID, and the upcoming holidays.
There are three schools still impacted by the effects of Hurricane Ida, South Lafourche, Bayou Boeuf, and Golden Meadow Middle School. Martin said they are developing plans with architects to make permanent repairs and to come up with long-term solutions for the campus. He said they will release the information once the plans are finalized. He said they are anxious to get schools running across the parish and they are very proud that students are being taught by teachers every day throughout the parish.
Martin commented on the effects COVID-19 has had on the schools for the last year and a half, but he said prior to Hurricane Ida, they had as many as 1,000 and more students quarantined as a result of COVID contact tracing and as many as over 100 students infected with the virus daily. He’s happy to report that those numbers have since then dropped dramatically to almost zero. He said they have had less than 100 students quarantined and less than 20 students positive with the virus. He also reported no teachers have been infected this week with COVID,” This gives us great reason to celebrate and be thankful,” he said. With this update, he said parents and grandparents are able to return to school for school functions. “As we return from Thanksgiving Holidays,” he said,” our schools will be returning to one sense of normalcy as relates to having visitors on campus so that when schools want to host events that will involve parents and grandparents, we are so happy to announce that you will be allowed to return to campus and participate in a meaningful way as we educate your children.”