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Louisiana flood might affect quarter-million students


How much have school closures from the Louisiana Flood of 2016 disrupted families? At least 22 of the state's 70 public school districts closed because of flooding, with several others closing as a precautionary measure due to weather forecasts.

Going by last fall's enrollment, that means potentially one-third of the state's public school students had to stay home this week, if they could -- more than 241,000 children.

The preliminary closure information comes from districts' websites, Facebook pages and receptionists. The Louisiana Education Department remained closed Thursday (Aug. 18) and had not released a list; like many people in the Baton Rouge area, its staffers had spotty home phone and email service.


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