Sep 10, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Ida may keep more than 45K Louisiana students out of school until October

Upper Little Caillou Elemntary School damaged in Terrebonne Parish after Hurricane Ida

Upper Little Caillou Elementary School damaged after Hurricane Ida in Little Caillou, Louisiana. Photographer: Mark Felix/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

More than 45,000 Louisiana students could be out of school until October due to the damage from Hurricane Ida, NPR reports.

Why it matters: The news comes as a blow after the push to return to in-person learning.

Details: The schools with the most difficulty reopening are those in the river and coastal parishes of Louisiana, where power is not expected to return until late September, per a WWNO report.

  • There remains a lack of electricity and extensive water damage that will require repairs to make the schools operational again.

Of note: New Orleans and Baton Rouge now have power, and students in those areas are expected to return to school next week.

What they're saying: "We all knew that there was definitely going to be water in the school, but the extent of the water in the school is kind of mind blowing," said Susan Adams, an English teacher at South Terrebonne High School, in a phone interview with NPR.

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