Some Baton Rouge area schools, local governments to stay closed Friday as Louisiana downpours continue _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- A man shields his face from pouring rain as he leaves federal court in downtown Baton Rouge, Thursday, March 10, 2016.

East Baton Rouge state government offices, city-parish government offices and libraries will remain closed on Friday after closing early on Thursday because of storms showering the Baton Rouge region.

Local and state government offices and public schools in Livingston and Ascension parishes will also remain closed Friday because of worries about dangerous weather and driving conditions.

All traditional public schools in East Baton Rouge Parish that were scheduled to be open Friday will remain open. That includes schools in the Baker, Central and Zachary school districts. East Baton Rouge Parish public school employees are reporting to work for professional development, but kids will have day off. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge follow the lead of the public schools, meaning the ones with East Baton Rouge Parish will all remain open, but ones in parishes such as Ascension and Tangipahoa where schools are closing will close along with the public schools.

Charter schools in Baton Rouge to be closed Friday include Baton Rouge Bridge Academy, Baton Rouge College Prep, UP Elementary, all three located on the campus of the former Glen Oaks Middle School. Other charter and private schools closing Friday include Friendship Capital High, Democracy Prep, Celerity Crestworth School, Celerity Dalton School, Celerity Lanier School, Children’s Charter School, and Hosanna Christian Academy.

Students from THRIVE Charter, an inner-city boarding school in Baton Rouge, were sent home for the weekend at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a day earlier than normal.

Public schools East Feliciana and Tangipahoa parishes also will be closed Friday.

LSU will be open on Friday, with all classes held as scheduled, and all university offices will operate on normal business hours. Any scheduled activities and events will be held as planned, and all university services, including Tiger Trails and Dining Halls, will be open, the university announced late Thursday.

The University Laboratory School and the LSU Child Care Center will also be open Friday, operating under normal hours.

As of Thursday night, no decision was announced whether Southern University would be open on Friday.

Parishes with state offices that will remain closed Friday include Ascension, East Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Jackson, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Union, Webster, West Caroll and Winn.