Bossier Schools resumed classes Monday morning, ending a three day parish-wide closure of all schools and centers.
Students and employees who are still not able to return due to flooded roads or being displaced will be given excused absences. School officials stressed the importance of keeping open communication with the schools during this extended period of time.
“While water is receding in many of our residential areas, Bossier Schools realizes some areas are still fully impacted by flooding,” Superintendent D.C. Machen said. “It is imperative that parents notify their child’s school and keep open communication about the need for their extended absence. It is also critical for employees to personally contact their supervisor, and not depend on the automated absence reporting.”
Transportation has also been a major safety concern.
“Our Transportation Department has been working diligently to address the safe transport of children to and from school. Bossier Schools’ Transportation Department will provide transportation to families staying at the Bossier Civic Center. As for our normal routes, buses will not travel on flooded roadways, nor over bridges that have been underwater and not yet inspected by the Department of Transportation,” Machen said. “We will try to maintain routine bus routes and normal pickup and drop-off schedules as much as possible, but will need parents’ help getting their children to the stops closest to their impacted areas. We cannot stress enough if parents cannot get their child to a bus stop safely, do not try. Please do not jeopardize your safety by traveling over roads under water or around barricades. Again, keep communication lines open with your child’s school and we will work through this together.”
Bossier Schools is also collecting donations for students who have been displaced by the flood. A number of clothing donations and uniforms were received earlier this week and school officials are in the process of sorting those for distribution.
Other needs include new underwear, socks and school supplies.
Bossier Schools has set up a “BPSB Flood Relief” account should anyone want to make a monetary donation. This would enable Bossier Schools to purchase uniforms in sizes not received (particularly for middle and high school students) as well as shoes.
“Bossier Schools cannot express its gratitude enough for the outpouring of support shown to help our children get back on their feet,” Sonja Bailes, public relations liaison, said.
To make a monetary contribution, checks can be mailed to:
BPSB Flood Relief Account
c/o Bossier Parish School Board
Attn: Finance Department
P.O. Box 2000
Benton, LA 71006-2000