Most parish schools closed Friday

Staff reports

Most schools in Ascension Parish will be closed Friday as Ascension Parish was expected to feel tropical storm-force winds from the passing Hurricane Ike.

All parish public schools will be closed Friday, system spokesperson Johnnie Balfantz said Thursday. The decision came after Superintendent Donald Songy met with parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Rick Webre Thursday. An announcement on the reopening of schools will be made in the coming days.

The Ascension Parish Head Start school will not reopen Friday, and no date has been announced for its reopening as of Thursday.

Balfantz also said that all eastbank schools will be serving at least a three-component meal for lunch upon reopening.

Parents of students on any type of special diet  are asked to send lunch with your student to school until further notice, Balfantz said.

Plans for makeup days will be communicated at a later date. As of now, school will be in session  Friday, Sept.19, which was a previously scheduled student holiday.

Also, the system's open enrollment period scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Sept.5,  has been extended. The new dates are Monday, Sept. 15 through Wednesday, Sept. 17.

To speak with an enrollment specialist, applicants will need to phone the call center toll free at 1-866-715-5847 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. It is not necessary to call unless charges or additions are required to plan benefits.

River Parish Community College in Sorrento also canceled classes Friday and will reopen Monday, according to school officials.

St. Theresa School in Gonzales and St. John School in Prairieville will also be closed Friday, officials there said.

Faith Academy and Ascension Christian School in Gonzales will hold classes Friday, according to an announcement on the schools' Web site.

In Donaldsonville, Ascension Catholic Interparochial Schools were expected to reopen Monday.