CADDO PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Caddo Parish schools will remain closed on Monday and move to virtual instruction beginning Tuesday through the rest of the week due to “unprecedented concerns including water shortages across the school system,” according to the district.
“We know that the primary concern for our families and our staff is to have their basic needs filled in the form of drinkable water and access to water for members of their household to be able to take a shower or wash clothing and dishes,” Superintendent Dr. T. Lamar Goree said in a statement released Saturday evening.
“Until that basic need is met for a majority of our population, we can’t possibly ask them to be fully concentrated on education. Our primary focus must be on ensuring our stakeholders have these needs met and met with an assurance of safety before we can move back to in-person operations.”
The district says municipalities are “currently providing assurances water services will be restored before Tuesday,” with boil advisories in place through the rest of the week.
“During this time, teachers will have the option of working from their classrooms or from home based on their situation. A key component of the district’s decision to move to virtual instruction by Tuesday is the limited availability of water needed for drinking and cooking at school sites in the coming days.
While school sites will be closed, the district says it is actively committed to working with the City of Shreveport, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the Parish of Caddo to develop outreach efforts that address immediate needs.
Caddo becomes the second school district in Northwest Louisiana to extend closures into next week following two rounds of extreme winter weather and frigid temperatures that wreaked havoc on the region’s water systems and knocked out power for thousands.
Sabine Parish announced earlier Saturday that schools will remain closed through Monday, due to widespread water and power outages.