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Jeff Davis Parish sets Sept. 14 as tentative school return date

Posted at 9:37 PM, Sep 04, 2020

The Jeff Davis Parish School Board has set a new tentative start date as the parish continues to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Laura.

Students were set to return on September 8, but superintendent Kirk Credeur announced after a meeting Friday night that he is canceling school for that week of September 7-September 11. The parish is now eyeing September 14 as a tentative start date.

"School officials will do everything in their power to have schools ready to open on that date, but a successful return depends on many factors beyond our control. Because different communities suffered different amounts of damage it is reasonable to assume that there may be areas that may return to school before other areas," Credeur said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Credeur said there are four main considerations that must be resolved before classes can begin:

- Not all schools have essential electrical service; of those that do, some don't have full power to operate larger cooling units or they do not have consistent power
- School buildings must be safe and secure from damages that could injure students and staff
- Staff and community must be in secure and safe living situations to be able to devote the required attention to educational pursuits
- Streets must be safe of dangerous debris, electric wires, and felled trees so students can safely be transported to their destinations

Credeur will continue to provide updated information regarding specific school openings as the week progresses and recovery efforts continue.

Read the superintendent's full statement below:

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