Lafayette Parish students will not return to school until Monday, Aug. 22, as thousands of students and staff recover from historic floods that also damaged school system facilities throughout the parish.
Public schools will also be closed Tuesday in St. Martin, Acadia, St. Landry, Vermilion and Iberia parishes.
The Lafayette Parish School System has been closed since Friday, when torrential downpours began and continued throughout the weekend, pouring as much as two feet of rain in some parts of the parish and flooding thousands of residents out of their homes.
School counselors will be on site at all 42 schools starting on Wednesday, according to a school system news release.
Homeless students will be able to register from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at 326 Gauthier Rd, where the district's Office of Homeless Education will meet with families who were forced out of their homes because of flooding.
Westside Elementary School students will be split into two groups and sent to Scott Middle School and N.P. Moss Preparatory School, as the school will be closed "for an extended period of time" because of flood damage.
The first day of school was Thursday.
Most district employees will return to work in phases this week, and the board will take public comment at a special meeting on Wednesday on re-opening the schools, according to a school system news release.
Lafayette Parish School Board member Erick Knezek on Monday morning released this preliminary report on damage to Lafayette public schools:
• Lafayette High School: auditorium flooded, girls gym floor buckled, minor roof damage in health academy rooms
• Westside Elementary School: 1.5 feet of water in entire school, disaster recovery has begun
• Acadiana High School: gym floor buckled
• L.J. Alleman Middle School: water intrusion in some classrooms
• Carencro Middle School: minor roof leaks and plumbing issues
• Katharine Drexel Elementary School: some roof leaks, investigation ongoing
• Duson Elementary: water and sewer issues pending
• Judice Middle School: roof leaks on 2nd floor; investigating water intrusion in gym lobby and administrative area
• Lafayette Middle School: minor roof leaks; some evidence of water intrusion in library; water intrusion in auditorium
• Scott Middle School: multiple minor roof leaks being investigated; power supply in computer labs offline; flooring buckled in the activity room
• Acadian Middle School: lights out in the cafeteria
• Broussard Middle School: minor roof leaks
• Northside High School: minor roof leaks being investigated
• Comeaux High School: roof leaks being investigated
• Ossun Elementary School: minor roof leaks being investigated