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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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No makeup days for Lafourche schools

No makeup days for Lafourche schools

Lafourche Parish public schools won’t have to make up the days students missed due to the recent cold weather snap because they already have extra minutes in their daily schedules.

“We have about five and a half days built in,” said School District spokesman Floyd Benoit. “The state doesn’t tell you how many days to have, they tell you how many minutes you need. We go longer than most other school days. Basically, what it comes out to is we add about 10 minutes to the day.”

Lafourche Parish public schools and Catholic schools in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux were closed Jan. 17-19 because of weather-related issues, including low water pressure and road closures.

Entergy also reported that power outages affected 9,000 customers in Lafourche and 990 in Terrebonne. About 250 local customers were without power for over 24 hours.

Terrebonne Parish public school students will have to make up days lost during what would have been Mardi Gras break.

Superintendent Philip Martin said the makeup days will be Feb. 14-16.

“We have makeup days for the fall and makeup days for the spring in case of inclement weather,” Martin said. “No one likes making days up, but that’s beyond our control.”

Catholic schools Superintendent Suzanne Troxclair said their schools’ schedules vary, though they have to be approved by the diocese’s Office of Catholic Schools.

More than 17,000 students are enrolled in Terrebonne public schools, and more than 14,000 are enrolled in Lafourche public schools. More than 5,000 students are enrolled in schools that are under the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.