Earlier this evening, the first lights since the storm were turned on in our parish. We now have power in all of Arabi and parts of Chalmette. We are cautiously optimistic that we will gradually receive power throughout the parish in the near future.
All St. Bernard Parish Public Schools will remain closed throughout this week. Reopening will depend upon how soon power can be restored to the rest of the parish and how quickly our facilities can be made fully functional.
I would like to personally thank David Fernandez, Jason Dewey, and the St. Bernard Parish Public Schools maintenance crew who have been working nonstop with me and our school board members since Hurricane Ida hit. Thank you to our Parish President Guy McInnis, our parish CEO Ronnie Alonzo, our Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann, and all employees in parish government who have been working very closely with us. I’d also like to acknowledge the incredible efforts of the linemen and crews, led by Curtis Navis, who continue to work tirelessly to light up our parish.
This teamwork perfectly illustrates our theme for this school year — UNITY in community. Thank you to our partners and families for trusting us during this challenging time.
We will continue to update you as conditions improve and we have more news to share. Please visit the district and school websites and social media pages for the most current information.
As always, we know we will get through this together.
Superintendent of St. Bernard Parish Public Schools