More than 70,000 college students stay out of faculty due to Hurricane Ida, which made landfall over a month in the past, in response to the Louisiana Department of Education. 

While many college districts, together with these in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, have been capable of reopen a number of weeks in the past, the harm in coastal communities goes to take longer to beat. Many individuals in these rural cities received energy again simply days in the past and households are nonetheless making an attempt to get again on their toes after shedding every part. 

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“We’re still living in a camper right now,” Russell Plaisance, South Lafourche Parish resident and pop of three, mentioned. “I’m trying to get a roof on the house and get it livable by the day they start school. That’s my goal.” 

This is the fact for a lot of mother and father in southern Louisiana. They’re worrying about their youngsters’s fundamental requirements, like meals and shelter. School and homework need to take a again seat. 

“It’s been rough, but I’m hanging in there for them,” Plaisance mentioned. “A lot of parents are moving to different states. We decided we’re not going to do that. We’re just going to stick it out.” 

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The school yard at South Lafourche High School is filled with debris from Hurricane Ida. 

The college yard at South Lafourche High School is crammed with particles from Hurricane Ida. 

Lafourche Parish Superintendent Jarod Martin says the district is returning to high school in phases. Those faculties close to the coast, the place the harm is rather more important, would be the final to return. 

“In the days following the storm, we told everybody, now is not a time to worry about school,” Martin mentioned. “They need to worry about their homes, their families and their loved ones.” 

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South Lafourche High School suffered in depth harm from Ida. Contractors are working 24/7 to get the constructing again up and working. 

Part of the outside wall of South Lafourche High School was ripped off during Ida. 

Part of the skin wall of South Lafourche High School was ripped off throughout Ida. 

Dehumidifiers are running daily to dry the building after major flooding. 

Dehumidifiers are working day by day to dry the constructing after main flooding. 

“Since the storm, students have not done any work,” Principal Gaye Cheramie mentioned. “We have not required them to do anything. The one thing we asked them to do is earn service hours, help their family, help their community.” 

The objective is for college kids to return Oct. 13. To make up for misplaced class time, college leaders say a number of days shall be taken from vacation breaks and the varsity yr will run an additional two weeks into summer time. 

“We need some normalcy,” Cheramie mentioned. “We need our kids back.”