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Advocate staff photo by Hilary Scheinuk -- The beginning of a several-day stretch of rainy weather Thursday in downtown Baton Rouge.

Class cancelations and other closures are happening with heavy rains expected to begin rolling into the New Orleans area on Thursday afternoon and evening. They include:


— Some Recovery School District charter schools have canceled classes for Friday:

Mary D. Coghill Charter School

Choice Foundation Schools: Esperanza Charter School, McDonogh 42 Charter School, Lafayette Charter School

Collegiate Academies Schools: Sci Academy, Carver Collegiate Academy, Carver Prep Academy

New Beginnings Schools: Gentilly Terrace Charter School, Pierre Capdau Charter School, Lake Area High School, Medard Nelson Charter School

Friends of King Schools: Joseph Craig Charter School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School

Algiers Charter Schools Association Schools: Landry-Walker High School, Algiers Technology Academy, Martin Behrman Charter School, McDonogh 32 Charter School, Dwight D. Eisenhower Charter School, William J. Fischer Charter School

Fannie C. Williams Charter School

Morris Jeff Community School

Success Preparatory Academy

Crescent City Schools: Akili Academy, Paul Habans Charter School, Harriet Tubman Charter School

New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy

ARISE Schools: ARISE Academy and Mildred Osborne Charter School

ReNEW Schools: ReNEW Accelerated High School, ReNEW SciTech Academy, ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, ReNEW DoloresT. Aaron Elementary, ReNEW McDonogh City Park Academy, ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary

Firstline Schools: Joseph S.Clark High School, Langston Hughes Academy, Phillis Wheatley Community School, S.J. Green Charter School, Arthur Ashe Charter School

Crescent Leadership Academy

Dryades YMCA James Singleton Charter School and Head Start

Andrew Wilson Charter School

Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy

KIPP New Orleans Schools: KIPP Believe College Prep, KIPP Believe Primary, KIPP Central City Academy, KIPP Central City Primary, KIPP East Community Primary, KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle School, KIPP McDonogh 15 Primary, KIPP N.O. Leadership Academy, KIPP Renaissance High School

New Orleans College Prep Schools: Sylvanie Williams College Prep, Cohen College Prep, Crocker College Prep, Hoffman College Prep

Sophie B. Wright Charter School

Homer Plessy Charter School

— All KIPP schools will be closed Friday. This includes:

KIPP East Community Primary

KIPP Believe Primary

KIPP Believe College Prep

KIPP McDonogh 15 Primary

KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle

KIPP Central City Primary

KIPP Central City Academy

KIPP Leadership Primary

KIPP Leadership Academy

KIPP Renaissance High School

— The Orleans Parish School Board’s six network schools and its central office will be closed Friday.

Ben Franklin Elementary School

Bethune Elementary

Eleanor McMain High School

Mahalia Jackson Elementary School

McDonogh 35 Senior High School

McDonogh 35 Academy

Additionally, the following charter schools have announced closures:

Alice M. Harte Charter School – closed

Andrew H. Wilson Charter School – closed

Audubon Charter School – closed

Ben Franklin High School – closed

Bricolage Academy– closed

Cypress Academy – closed

Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School – closed

Edna Karr High School – closed

Edward Hynes Charter School – closed

Einstein Charter School – closed

Encore Academy – closed

Foundation Preparatory – closed

Homer A. Plessy Community School – closed

Joseph A. Craig Charter School – closed

Lusher Charter School (K-12) – closed

Moton Charter School – closed

New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School – closed

Warren Easton Charter High School – closed

Lake Forest Charter — closed

— All Archdiocese of New Orleans Catholic schools in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes are closed Friday.

— All public schools in Jefferson, St. John the Baptist and St. Charles parishes are closed Friday.

— Many public schools in New Orleans are closed as well. New Orleans’ FirstLine schools — Samuel J. Green Charter School, Arthur Ashe Charter School, Phillis Wheatley Community School, Langston Hughes Academy, and Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School — will all be closed Monday.

— The following members of the Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools are closed March 11: Audubon Charter, Einstein Charter, Ben Franklin High, Hynes Charter, International High School, Kenner Discovery Charter, Lusher (all campuses), Morris Jeff Charter, New Orleans Sci High, Warren Easton High.

— All Choice Foundation schools (Lafayette Academy Charter, Esperanza Charter, and McDonogh 42) in New Orleans will be closed Friday.

— The University of New Orleans said classes were canceled from 1:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. All non-essential staff are released from work during that time as well, the school said. Officials said normal operations will resume at UNO on Monday.

— Loyola University New Orleans said it canceled classes and operations for Friday. The school plans to reopen Monday.

— Tulane University closed its New Orleans, Elmwood and Northshore campuses for Friday. Essential personnel must report to work, but students and non-essential personnel are off, officials said.

— All Delgado Community College locations are closed as of 2 p.m. Thursday. Delgado will resume its normal operations on Monday, and it said community members can visit www.dcc.edu for more information.

Nunez Community College closed at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and is not expected to re-open until 8 a.m. Monday.

Southern University at New Orleans is closed to students, teachers and non-essential staff through Saturday.

Northlake Christian School in Covington canceled classes and athletic events for Friday.

Bishop McManus Academy in New Orleans canceled classes Friday.

Slidell Christian Academy is closed Friday.

Belle Chasse Academy in Plaquemines Parish is closed Friday.

Elmwood Park Academy in Gretna is closed Friday.

Weatherford Academy in Westwego is closed Friday.

— Spring Ridge Academy in Kenner is closed.

— Candyland Kinder in Marrero is closed.

Kid’s University Daycare in Marrero is closed Friday.

Big Bird Academy — in Marrero and Woodmere — is closed Friday.

LSU’s Thursday classes after 3 p.m. are canceled. The campus will close for the rest of Thursday at 3:30 p.m. No decision has been made on whether the school will be closed on Friday.

Southeastern Louisiana University closed at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and will be shut down Friday.

Herzing University-New Orleans in Kenner will be closed through Friday. Officials say they expect to decide by 2 p.m. Friday about whether there will be classes on Saturday.

— Gretna United Methodist Preschool is closed.

— New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary canceled classes Friday, and offices are closed as well.

— Milestone Academy is closed Friday.

— Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans is closed Friday.

The public is encouraged to check in with their individual schools and employers to see if they are open Friday.


— The Port of New Orleans’ administrative offices will be closed Friday. But all terminals and gates will remain open — and cargo operations will remain ongoing — at the discretion of terminal operators.

Gretna City Hall is closed Friday and will reopen Monday.

— State government offices in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes are all closed Friday.

— New Orleans’ Civil and Criminal District Courts are closed Friday.

— The Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans will be closed on Friday and reopen Monday.

— The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office will close its administrative offices Friday. All non-essential personnel are off, while essential and corrections personnel are required to report for their regular assignments.

Public schools in St. Tammany Parish are closed Friday because it is a previously-scheduled teacher development day.

The New Orleans area is under a flash flood watch through 6 p.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service forecasts that 7 to 11 inches of rain will fall across southeastern Louisiana during that time, with some spots possibly seeing as much as 14 inches.

Aside from flooding, government officials have also warned residents to prepare for power outages due to the weather.

Sandbag pickup location information for metro New Orleans area:

-St. Charles Parish (Bring shovel to make own bags)-


East Bank Bridge Park

West Bank Bridge Park

District I

Hackberry Street southwest of the pump station between Gassen Street and Luling Estates Drive

Bamboo Street and Plantation Road

Pioneer Drive and Settlers Drive

King Street behind the school

End of River Park Drive

School House Road near railroad tracks

Boutte Estates at the curve

District II

Willowdale Boulevard and East Heather next to the levee

Rex Street between Davis Drive and Evelyn Drive east of Pump Station Road

Sugarhouse Road and Angus Drive

Bernard Avenue near the pump station

Ama Grain Field

Lakewood Elementary School

District III

Red Church Subdivision

Ormond Fire House on Ormond Boulevard

District IV

Paradis Pump Station at canal boat launch

Up the Bayou Road near the pump station

Twin Bridge Road and Down the Bayou Road

LA 631 (Old Spanish Trail) behind the church

LA 306 at Badeaux Lane East

Grand Bayou Road and Sunshine Drive

District V

Fourth Street

Bar None Subdivision

Charles Towne Subdivision

Fairfield Subdivision

I-310 Service Road

Oakland Subdivision

Preston Hollow and River Road

River View

Dianne Place

District VI

Montz Recreation Park

New Sarpy Recreation Park

Norco Elementary School and Apple Street

Norco Fire Station

District VII

George Cousins Road and West Heather Street

Valencia Drive and Primrose Drive

Primrose Drive West of the Lagatutta pump station between Wade Street and Oak Street

Lakewood Elementary School


Slidell (until 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; limit 15 per household)

Lee Street

The tennis courts at Second Street and Cleveland Avenue in Olde Towne

The parking lot on the corner of Rue Rochelle and Independence Drive

John Slidell Park


St. Tammany Parish (until 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016)

St. Tammany Parish Government- Building C

21410 Koop Dr., Mandeville

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Covington Barn

1305 N. Florida St., Covington

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Airport Road Barn

34783 Grantham College Rd., Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Public Works- Fritchie Barn

63119 Louisiana 1090 in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish Public Works Barn- Keller Barn

63131 Fish Hatchery Road, Lacombe


St. John (limit 10 bags per person. Bags on site; bring own shovel)

425 Captain G. Bourgeois (pre-filled sandbags for elderly & disabled only)

REGALA Gym., 200 Regala Park Road, Reserve

Fire Station #92 located at 5733 Hwy 18, Wallace

Fire Station #94 at 1200 Hwy. 643, Pleasure Bend

Check back with The New Orleans Advocate for any updates. Please send any closure information to neworleans@theadvocate.com.

The Orleans Parish School Board’s (OPSB) six network schools and its Central Office will be closed Friday, March 11, due to the continued threat of severe weather approaching the greater New Orleans area. All network school parents will receive this notification via the OPSB school messenger system, and all OPSB network school extracurricular activities will be cancelled.