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Plaquemines, St. Charles schools will have fewer school days because of Hurricane Ida

By: - December 14, 2021 8:27 pm

A Chauvin house in ruins after Hurricane Ida (Photo by Rachel Mipro/Louisiana Illuminator)

Plaquemines Parish schools and two St. Charles Parish high schools will have few school days than typically allowed this academic year due to Hurricane Ida.

The Louisiana Board of Secondary and Elementary Education approved the schools’ request to decrease the amount of their classroom time below the minimum amount required by the state.

Schools in Plaquemines were closed for at least a month after the storm, and some are still so damaged that their students are attending other schools in the area.


Plaquemines schools have had students come in on holidays, extended school hours, and converted half days and exam days into full, in-person attendance days. But despite those efforts, students in Plaquemines will still fall short of the expected instructional time.

In St. Charles Parish, Destrehan High School is still sending students to other schools due to Hurricane Ida damages. And at Hahnville High School, students are learning through an in-person/online hybrid model.

Students at those schools also extended their school year and turned some holidays into school days to make up for lost instructional time.


The St. Charles and Plaquemines parish school systems “did an outstanding job acting with urgency to get their students back safely in the buildings as quickly as they possibly could” following Ida, State Superintendent Cade Brumley said.

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.