ORLEANS PARISH SCHOOL BOARD & RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT REACH OUT TO FAMILIES DISPLACED BY HURRICANE HARVEY TO ENROLL SCHOOL
August 31, 2017
NEW ORLEANS Aug. 31, 2017 – Today, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and Recovery School District (RSD) announced that the public schools of New Orleans have opened enrollment opportunities for any students displaced by Hurricane Harvey. New Orleans educators know the difficulty of ensuring normalcy and educational continuity for children in the face of such a devastating natural disaster.
Officials and school leaders across the city have pledged to quickly enroll students affected by the storm and get them back into school. RSD and OPSB are committed to keeping siblings together and enrolling evacuees in schools where their host families are enrolled where possible. New Orleans’ public schools offer a wealth of educational opportunities along with staff prepared to deal with the unique challenges faced by evacuating students.
“The most important thing, especially for young people, is to get them back into a routine, to get back to what is a new normal,” said OPSB Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lewis Henderson, Jr. “That means school. So we are working to enroll displaced families who are now in New Orleans, keeping them together with their siblings and other family at a new school. That way they can feel welcome and safe after going through what was likely a terrible ordeal.”
Families interested in enrolling their children in Orleans Parish public schools can do so by visiting www.enrollnola.org, calling 877-343-4773, or visiting one of the following Family Resource Centers:
Uptown Location – Family Resource Center at Crocker Elementary
2300 General Taylor Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
New Orleans East Location – Family Resource Center at Livingston Collegiate Academy
7301 Dwyer Road, New Orleans, LA 70126
West Bank Location – Family Resource Center at OPSB
3520 General DeGaulle Drive, Suite 1101, New Orleans, LA 70114
For more information on OPSB, visit www.opsb.us and OPSB Facebook and Twitter (@_OPSB) pages. For more information on RSD, visit www.rsdla.net and RSD Facebook and Twitter (@RSD_LA) pages.