Emergency and Storm Information

UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 29 2017 4:30pm

The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and Recovery School District (RSD) will resume normal schedules at all direct-run and charter public schools on Wednesday, August 30. After taking information provided by the National Weather Service into consideration and in consultation with city and schools leaders, both districts have decided to return to classes tomorrow.

Both OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. and RSD Superintendent Kunjan Narechania urge school leaders to be vigilant throughout the evening and into the early morning hours and to ensure emergency plans for all campuses are in place.Families are urged to monitor the news and be watchful for emails and text messages from school officials should conditions change.

Officials from the OPSB and RSD remain in close contact with school leaders and the Mayor’s office on all storm related matters. As always, our first priority is to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

For more information on OPSB, visit www.opsb.us and OPSB Facebook and Twitter (@_OPSB) pages. For more information on RSD, visit www.rsdla.net and RSD Facebook and Twitter (@RSD_LA) pages.

 

UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 28 2017 4:06pm

Due to the threat of severe weather expected from Tropical Storm Harvey, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and Recovery School District (RSD) will close schools for Tuesday, August 29th.

The decision to close all schools was made this afternoon in order to provide families and staff ample time to plan and secure childcare as the city deals with the threat of rain and potential storm damage. Essential personnel from both OPSB and RSD will remain on duty to monitor the situation throughout the coming days.

Further announcements concerning school for Wednesday – Friday will be made in a timely fashion based on up to date forecasts. For additional updates, follow us on Twitter @_opsb or on Facebook @orleansparishschoolboard.

UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 27 2017 10:45am

At this time (1045am, 8/27), there are no Monday (8/28) school closures to announce for the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) or the Recovery School District (RSD).However, the weather remains unpredictable and the potential for heavy rains continues. In close partnership with the city’s Office of Homeland Security and school leaders, OPSB and the RSD will continue to monitor the storm and update the public, parents, staff and students when needed. For additional updates, follow us on Twitter @_opsb or on Facebook @orleansparishschoolboard.

UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 26 2017 10:23am

The National Weather Service will provide an update Sunday morning about Hurricane Harvey forecast. In close partnership with the city’s Office of Homeland Security and school leaders, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and the state’s Recovery School District (RSD) will advise about any Monday school closures by NOON on Sunday.

For additional updates, follow us on Twitter @_opsb or on Facebook @orleansparishschoolboard.

UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 12 2017 2:00pm

In light of the city’s announcement that the Sewerage and Water Board power turbine that was taken out of commission due to a fire has been fixed, school programs may resume as previously scheduled at all Orleans Parish school sites.  All school site opening dates can be found here.

The safety of students and staff is the top priority for OPSB.  The decision to close schools was made earlier this week out of an abundance of caution and in order to provide families and staff as much time as possible to secure childcare as the city dealt with diminished drainage capabilities.

UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 10 2017 11:47am

New Orleans – (August 10, 2017) – As a result of the uncertainty due to the diminished pumping capacity for the east bank west of the industrial canal of New Orleans, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and Recovery School District (RSD) have decided to close schools Friday, August 11. The decision applies to students and classes for all direct run public and public charter schools throughout Orleans Parish.

The decision to close all schools was made earlier this morning out of an abundance of caution and in order to provide families and staff ample time to plan and secure childcare for the remainder of the week as the city deals with this diminished drainage capabilities and the threat of rain in some areas. School officials remain in close contact with school leaders, the Sewage & Water Board (S&WB) and the Mayor’s office on this matter.

“The safety of students is our number one priority,” said OPSB President John Brown, Sr. “Due to low pump capacity and forecast of rain there is a real threat of widespread flooding. I support the Superintendent and school leaders closing schools out of an abundance of caution.”

Essential personnel from both OPSB and RSD will remain on duty to monitor the situation throughout the coming days. Both OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. and RSD Superintendent Kunjan Narechania urge families and staff to adhere to all warnings from the city to ensure their safety.

For more information on OPSB, visit www.opsb.us and OPSB Facebook and Twitter (@_OPSB) pages. For more information on RSD, visit www.rsdla.net and RSD Facebook and Twitter (@RSD_LA) pages.

 

UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 10 2017 07:27am

Early this morning the city if New Orleans along with the Sewage & Water Board (S&WB) alerted residents of diminished pumping capacity for the east bank of New Orleans west of the Industrial Canal. Out of an abundance of caution early this morning the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) announced that they will close all direct-run New Orleans schools on Thursday, August 10. After further communications with the city, Recovery School District and school leaders out of an abundance of caution ALL New Orleans schools will be closed today. Please stay tuned for further information.

UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 10 2017 05:36am

The following OPSB schools are closed on Thursday, August 10, 2017 due to threat of city wide flooding.

Mahalia Jackson Elementary,
Bethune Elementary,
Ben Franklin Elementary and
McDonogh #35 High School

Please contact your individual school’s website or social media pages for updates on additional closures. We will keep you informed as updates are received.

UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 8 2017

All schools are open according to their regular schedules which can be accessed here.

UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 7 2017

After coordinating with school leaders it has been determined that classes at the following campuses will be canceled Monday, August 7th:

Morris Jeff Community School: School will begin Tuesday, August 8th at 8am unless otherwise instructed.

All other buildings including the OPSB central office are safe and ready to receive students and staff. We intend to report as normally scheduled tomorrow.

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