Thousands of Louisiana students remain out of school over a month since Hurricane Ida

While many school districts, including those in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, were able to reopen several weeks ago, the damage in coastal communities is going to take longer to overcome. Many people in these rural towns got power back just days ago and families are still trying to get back on their feet after losing everything. 

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“We’re still living in a camper right now,” Russell Plaisance, South Lafourche Parish resident and dad of three, said. “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 reality for many parents in southern Louisiana. They’re worrying about their children’s basic necessities, like food and shelter. School and homework have to take a back seat. 

“It’s been rough, but I’m hanging in there for them,” Plaisance said. “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 school yard at South Lafourche High School is filled with debris from Hurricane Ida. 

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