17 Calcasieu parish public schools will start their semester next week


    An empty classroom in McNeese State University.

    Calcasieu Parish, which took a devastating blow from Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm on Aug. 27, will open 17 public schools for face-to-face instruction next week, the Calcasieu Parish School Board announced  on Facebook yesterday. 

    On the list of schools to reopen are 14 elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school. Faculty and staff will return to campus Tuesday, Sept. 29, and students will return on Friday, Oct. 2.

    This is the first time classes will meet face-to-face this school year, as Hurricane Laura interrupted the School Board’s Aug. 24 plan.

    Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus said at a Louisiana Senate Education Committee meeting Sept. 16 that his plan is to reopen schools as they become ready. The plan is to reopen 5-7 schools about every week.

    Cameron Parish, where Laura made landfall Superintendent Charley Lemons said in a Sept. 22 message on the school system’s website that officials “are still tentatively scheduled to begin on 10/5/20 with the virtual plan.  Currently, we are still waiting on our hotspots to arrive from AT&T.  We are hopeful they will be here by this week’s end.”

    Lemons said next week the school board also plans to notify parents of when they can pick up hot spots, Chromebooks or devices their students may need.