NEW ORLEANS — A strong cold front is moving through Southeast Louisiana, bringing freezing conditions to the area on Thursday and into the weekend.
Several school districts have chosen to close or move to virtual learning due to possible hazardous weather or driving conditions.
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Public Schools - In-person instruction and normal operations will take place as regularly scheduled on Friday, January 21. After consulting with Parish Emergency Operations, it has been determined that the cold temperatures expected will not cause hazardous road conditions. Should there be additional weather updates, we will share those directly with families through direct text messages, employees through their JP Schools email, and with the community through jpschools.org and the district’s official social media channels.
- Concordia Lutheran School - campus is closed today. Virtual learning in place.
- De La Salle High School, New Orleans – closed Friday. Virtual learning plans in effect.
- St. Alphonsus, New Orleans – closed Friday. Virtual/remote learning plan in effect. Parents are asked to please check communications from school for specific information.
- St. Benedict the Moor School, New Orleans – closed Friday
- Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans - closed tomorrow. Please check communications from school for more information.
- St. Andrew the Apostle, New Orleans - closed tomorrow. Virtual learning plans in effect. Parents should check communications from school for specific information.
St. James Parish Schools is working closely with St. James Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness in monitoring the winter weather forecasted for tomorrow, Friday, January 21, 2022. An additional decision regarding possible delayed start and/or closure of schools will be made later today. Please check our district's media outlets (website, Facebook page and district app) for continued updates.
St. John the Baptist
Exercising an abundance of caution, due to the forecasted winter weather, all St. John the Baptist Parish School Board schools and buildings will be closed tomorrow, Friday, January 21, 2022.
Parents of K-8 Scholars:
All K-8 scholars will work independently and asynchronously (independently) at home. Teachers will be accessible to communicate with their scholars via TEAMS throughout the school day. Students are being provided assignments and/or work packets to complete at home. We anticipate opening schools following our normal schedules Monday, January 24, 2022.
Parents of ESJH, STEM, WSJH, and Redirect Program High School scholars:
All high school scholars will receive direct (live) instruction via TEAMS. High school scholars will log in to TEAMS to record their attendance and participate in a regular day of instruction from their teachers via TEAMS. We anticipate opening schools following our normal operations and schedules on Monday, January 24, 2022.
- Ascension of Our Lord, LaPlace – campus closed tomorrow. Remote learning plans in effect. Parents are asked to check communications from the school for more information.
- St. Charles Catholic High School, LaPlace – campus closed tomorrow. Virtual learning plans in effect. Parents and students should check communications from school for more information.
- St. Joan of Arc, LaPlace – campus closed tomorrow. Virtual learning plans in effect. Parents are asked to check Google Classroom and all communications from the school for more information.
- St. Peter, Reserve – campus closed tomorrow. Virtual learning plans in effect. Parents are asked to check communications from the school for more information.
Due to the predicted hazardous weather conditions, Friday will be a distance learning day for all St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, and employees will work remotely. All STPPS students will need to log in to their Google Classroom and follow the posted instructions. Please know that distance learning attendance is mandatory. You can view the Emergency Distance Learning Plan for more details.
All Catholic school campuses closed tomorrow. Parents are asked to check communications from the school for more information.
With a forecast calling for the possibility of freezing rain and icy roads, Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley said the district will hold classes remotely this Friday, January 21.
Friday, January 21 will be a full virtual day for students. All in-person classes will be suspended for the day. Students are reminded to bring their devices home with them from school on Thursday.
Students should check their tangischools email or their virtual classroom on Friday for information regarding their assignments from teachers.
Due to staff shortage, WPSS will move to virtual instruction from January 19th- 21st. Schools will resume face-to-face instruction on Monday, January 24, 2022.
Due to the possibility of hazardous road conditions tomorrow, Friday, January 21, 2022 Bogalusa City Schools will be VIRTUAL only.
- Annunciation, Bogalusa - Due to the possibility of icy roads in the early morning tomorrow, January 21, 2022, Annunciation will have a late start. Students may arrive beginning at 9:30, and class will begin at 10:00. Warm free dress is allowed.
In an abundance of caution, due to the forecasted winter weather, Belle Chasse Academy facilities will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 21.
All students will work independently and asynchronously at home. Students must log in and record attendance in the form posted in the homeroom teacher’s Google classroom in order to be counted as present. Students are reminded to log into each teacher’s Google classroom for all assignments.
We anticipate opening schools following our normal schedule Monday, January 24, 2022.
Hancock County, Mississippi
All Hancock County School District schools will have a delayed start for 2 hours on Jan. 21. However, dismissal times will remain the same. Bus routes will also be delayed 2 hours. Officials said they will continue to monitor conditions and will post updates on any changes via the district website, social media and news. Students may dress in warm clothes Friday. Breakfast may not be served but lunch will.
Officials in Terrebonne Parish have made it known that frozen roads are not anticipated for the parish. Schools are scheduled to be open tomorrow, Friday, January 21.
Should the forecast or local conditions change, an announcement will be made.
St. Charles Parish
St. Charles officials said they will continue to monitor the predicted winter weather and are in contact with the parish’s EOC. As of now, do not anticipate any change to normal operations for tomorrow, Jan. 21. If the situation changes, they will communicate information via email, phone and text through their messaging system and on the district’s website and social media channels.
Lafourche officials said they are monitoring the anticipated strong winter weather approaching Friday. Unless conditions deteriorate drastically, they said school closures are anticipated. In the event of road closures, schools will close parish-wide. They will stay in close contact with parish officials and will be prepared to close if roads are unsafe for travel. Please continue to monitor our website and social media outlets for updates.
Officials said they have been in consultation with Pearl River County Emergency Management in reference to the potential winter weather. Temperatures are not forecasted to reach a level that would freeze the roadways in our area overnight. Therefore, all schools in the Pearl River County School District will be open with regular schedules on Friday, January 21.