Vermilion Parish schools closed this week due to the storms
Because of two tropical systems in the Gulf of Mexico, public, private, and Catholic schools have been canceled at least for the first few days of this week.
Catholic schools (Maltrait, VC and Mt. Carmel) began last week and but because of the storms, the Catholic schools canceled school on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Harvest Time Academy, a private school in Abbeville, canceled school on Monday and Tuesday. The Harvest Time administration will decide Tuesday at 1 p.m. for the rest of the week.
Public school schedule
Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Tommy Byler wrote a statement explaining the upcoming week.
Byler said the start of the Vermilion Parish school year would be pushed back one week until Sept. 3 and the students will use the same Thursday and Friday schedule that was originally in place, just one week later.
“The inability to complete COVID preparations, the delay in delivery of goods and the possible uses of our buses for mandatory evacuations played a role in this decision,” Byler said. “We also want our families to ensure their safety to be a top priority.”
The school system wants everyone to stay safe during the possible direct hit and or large storm surge numbers that are currently projected from Tropical Storm Laura, Byler wrote.
Central Office and the schools are scheduled to reopen on Aug. 31.
Byler released important dates dealing with the reopening of schools.
Summarizing Important Dates:
Aug. 31 - Offices reopen.
Sept. 1 - Distribution of Virtual computers for qualified students in high school.
Sept. 2 - Virtual School Orientation for HS. Distribution of computers for qualified students in middle school.
Sept. 3 - “A” Day students on the hybrid plan, Elementary girls, HS Virtual start, MS Virtual Orientation. Distribution of computers for qualified 3rd-5th graders.
Sept. 4 - “B” Day students on the hybrid plan, Elementary boys, MS Virtual Start. Distribution of computers for qualified K-2 elementary students.
Sept. 7 - Labor Day - No school
Sept. 8- “B” Day Students, All elementary students, Virtual Elementary orientation.
Sept. 9 - Virtual Elementary Start.