FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. HOW LONG WILL CHILDREN BE OUT OF SCHOOL AND WHAT CAN BE DONE FOR STUDENTS?
It is impossible to know how long schools will be closed in parts of Louisiana. The Department of Education is encouraging displaced students to enroll in school in the community where they are seeking temporary shelter. You should contact the local school district office concerning placement of your child. A complete list of local school district contact information can be found on our website by clicking on “School Directory.”
East Baton Rouge Parish is asking that evacuee parents contact them at 225-226-3762, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
If you are seeking temporary shelter out of state you should contact the local county school system and inform them that your child has been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. We are sending information throughout the country concerning availability of student records and information.
2. WHAT ABOUT SCHOOL UNIFORMS?
We have asked all local school districts in Louisiana to provide flexibility for evacuee students in the area of uniforms. It is important for students enrolled quickly with as little disruption as possible.
3. WHAT SHOULD TEACHERS/SUPPORT WORKERS IN THE IMPACTED AREAS DO ABOUT EMPLOYMENT?
Teachers/Support Workers who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina are being encouraged to apply for jobs in the areas where they are seeking temporary shelter. Many of these districts are enrolling evacuee students will need additional teachers and support staff. Teachers can also file for unemployment through the Louisiana by visiting local unemployment agencies or filing on line with the Department of Labor, www.laworks.net.
4. WHAT ABOUT TEACHER/SUPPORT WORKER PAY?
If you are employed in Orleans Parish, you can call 1-877-771-5800 for more information. Orleans Parish school employees will continue to receive health care benefits, including individuals who recently received layoff notices.
Other impacted school districts are attempting to reestablish their business operations in Baton Rouge. Future updates will be given in the future.
5. WHERE CAN OFFERS OF ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS/TEACHERS BE MADE?
Those wanting to offer help, assistance, school supplies or monetary donations for the children of Louisiana should email the Department of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. WHAT ABOUT TOPS SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY?
Louisiana’s TOPS scholarships can be found at
www.osfa.state.la.us or by calling
1-800-259-5626, Ext. 1012,
Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day 8 A.M. to 7 P.M.
7. ADDITIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION:
Red Cross 1-800-GET-INFO (1-800-438-4636)
Louisiana Dept. of
Texas School Information 1-800-957-5109