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Back to class in St. Martin after six days out

August 22, 2016 GMT

ST. MARTINVILLE — St. Martin Parish Superintendent of Schools Lottie Beebe announced Sunday that all St. Martin Parish public schools will reopen today.

St. Martin Parish public schools were closed from Aug 12 through Friday, as a result of the flooding produced by the torrential rains starting Aug. 12.

Beebe expressed her frustration at having to close the schools the day after they were off to a smooth start.

“The literal meaning of the calm before the storm,” she said with a chuckle.

Beebe met with parish and city officials in a special meeting Sunday afternoon to reach the decision in the wake of major flooding in areas of the parish through Sunday. She said that while most parish roadways are open, some remained flooded.

Considerations to extenuating circumstances for students in these areas will be made on an individual basis. School uniform policies also will be given flexibility.

Beebe also said the Cypress Island community and some other areas that remain flooded may have difficulty with access to bus transportation. To remedy this situation, the buses will pick up students at the normal times at these alternate locations:

• Cypress Island Community: Cypress Garden Apartments.

• Terrace and Capritto areas: corner of Terrace and Freedom Lane.

• Ledoux area: corner of James and Saint Anne Streets.

• Bayou Mercier area: Red’s Bar.

• Pete Guidry Road and Sidney Guidry Road: pick up will be at the Old Catahoula Fire Station.

Students not impacted by the flood will be picked up by the buses at the normal times and locations.