Superintendent Statement: School Status Following Tornadoes In New Orleans

February 9, 2017

The following is a statement from Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. following Tuesday’s severe weather event and the status of Orleans Parish Schools:

“On Tuesday various parts of South Louisiana were devastated by a series of multiple tornadoes. Over 250 homes and businesses in New Orleans East were damaged and at least 30 people sustained injuries. While some area schools sustained various levels of damage, our school staff executed shelter-in-place plans and kept our students safe from the storm.

I visited several schools on Tuesday, talked with staff and students, and saw the damage firsthand. I want to extend my condolences and express my concern for all those personally affected by Tuesday’s weather event. I also want to thank the many OPSB employees who remained calm and continued to lead, teach and comfort our students throughout the course of the day’s events.

Among those schools that suffered a loss of power as the result of Tuesday’s severe storms were OPSB’s Einstein Charter Schools, which include Einstein Village de L’est, Einstein Sherwood Forest, Einstein Middle and Einstein High. These schools will be closed for the remainder of the week and will resume activity once power has been restored to the area, which is expected sometime this weekend.

Respectively, ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary, another school in Orleans Parish that suffered loss of power and structural damage will be closed the remainder of the week as well.

Over the next several days, we will be updating our website to include information on OPSB outreach programs and disaster relief services for those affected by the severe weather.

We are a resilient city who has seen and overcome many challenges. As we have in the past, we will recover and rebuild together.  Thank you again for your professionalism and dedication to our students.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all students, families and staff members.”

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