Calcasieu Parish Schools makes last minute class preps for classrooms, swine flu & construction

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Parish Schools made their last minute preparations today for the 2009-2010.

The school district kicked off their preparations early this morning with the Dr. Harry K. Wong Seminar at Lake Charles Civic Center Rosa Hart Theatre at 9 AM and 12:30 PM.

All Calcasieu Parish School System instructional personnel attended at least one of the seminars.

Dr. Wong's presentation centered around innovative teaching methods and classroom management procedures.

Teachers feel the best time to receive inspirational advice is just before starting a new school year.

"A motivational speaker like Dr. Wong teaches us what to do with our excitement, and how to channel those things and he teaches us that we also have expectations for the year, how to break those down and how to conquer," says Kellie Dereese, Calcasieu Schools Pre-K Teacher.

While the teachers may be prepared, school construction at Maplewood Middle School is not quite ready for the first day.

"We planned to have the canopy opened up and functional tomorrow, but it will not be 100% complete though," says Stan Bordelon, Superintendent of James Fontenot Construction.

However, workers say construction should not be an inconvenience for parents tomorrow.

"They'll be able to drop kids off under it all day," says Bordelon. "It's a new way of pulling in and dropping off kids, a different route than they're used to."

All indoor renovations are complete, and teachers are hard at work getting the classrooms ready for tomorrow.

Calcasieu schools is also making preparations for the swine flu season.

For the past two years, Calcasieu Schools have been participating with the Region 5 task force.

The task force is providing posters to advise students of how to properly wash their hands and practice proper hygiene at school.

The force is also preparing for what would happen if swine flu did break out in Calcasieu parish.

"If you have cases of flu in the school, you send those students home, unless you have an epidemic number of cases in the school, you don't need to close the school," says Ron Hayes, Risk Manager for Calcasieu Parish Schools.

Calcasieu Parish is following very closely the guidelines provided by the Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta.

By abiding by these guidelines, the school district feels they can best protect the students as flu season approaches.

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