Steve Parrill, assistant superintendent for Livingston Parish public schools, said he and other district officials on Sunday conducted site inspections at the parish schools, assessing damage and cleanup efforts.

Parrill had visited three Denham Springs-area schools before speaking to The Advocate and said students will be able to return much sooner than others outside the school system had suggested, but district officials will need alternatives for some of the more heavily damaged campuses.

Parrill said he hopes to have more definitive information on a return date by mid-week, once the inspections are complete and teachers have had a chance to return to their classrooms and take stock of the damage.

The administration also will have to address transportation for students and possibly some staff, Parrill said. Well over a third of the district's staff was displaced by the flooding, with many losing their vehicles as well, he said.

The district also lost 50 or so buses to the floodwaters, he said.

Elsewhere in the Baton Rouge area...

Public schools in Assumption, Iberville, St. Helena, St. James, Lafayette, Tangipahoa as well as in Baker are reopening Monday.

A dozen more Baton Rouge-area Catholic schools are reopening Monday. Two more, St. Alphonsus and Cristo Rey, are reopening Aug. 29, Cristo Rey is in a temporary locale.

Almost all charter schools in the area are reopening Monday morning. Mentorship and Slaughter Community are reopening Tuesday. Geo Prep and Friendship Capitol will reopen Wednesday.

Public schools in East Feliciana and Zachary reopen Tuesday. East Baton Rouge reopens Wednesday.

Central won't reopen until Sept. 6 at the earliest.