Students return to class in Calcasieu, Allen, and Jeff Davis Parish today
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Students are returning for their first day of class today in Calcasieu, Allen, and Jeff Davis Parish today.
John Bridges was at W.T. Henning Elementary School today talking to school and parish officials about the changes to facilities and curriculum.
We spoke with Calcasieu Parish’s new School superintendent Shannon LaFargue who says, like many school systems, the parish has had several meetings with local authorities to ensure everyone is on the same page.
New security protocols are in place such as an emphasis on making sure schools are sealed and doors are locked.
The parish says schools in Calcasieu are in a much better place than they were following Hurricane Laura and Delta but there is still work to do. Superintendent LaFargue says many of the repairs are still at the mercy of FEMA funds and sometimes outstanding projects are overseen week to week as money continues to trickle in.
There are still some temporary classrooms at schools and some classrooms don’t have working AC yet. However, the parish is bringing in temporary AC units to cool those classrooms in the meantime so that students can be comfortable.
School Bus Safety
We spoke with the Transportation Director for the Calcasieu Parish School Board, Aaron McDonald, who wants to remind motorists to be careful when driving around or near a school bus. If one is stopped, its best to assume that students are either departing or approaching the bus.
As you approach school zones be sure to slow down as there will be children using the crosswalk and biking to school in the morning and afternoon.
New School Zone
There is a new school zone motorists will need to be aware of. The new Jennings Elementary School on Hwy 26 South joins the old Jennings Elementary with the James Ward Elementary School.
Anyone traveling along this route will need to be on the lookout for the new school zone and slow down accordingly during times when the zone is active.
Uniform Policy Changes
In Jeff Davis Parish, students will temporarily be allowed to wear school spirit shirts any day of the week. The school board will decide in August if that policy will remain in place. Jeans, however, will are still not allowed.
In Calcasieu and Allen Parish jeans will be allowed for student uniforms.
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