Jarod Martin

Lafourche Parish Schools Superintendent Jarod Martin thinks there's a lot to be thankful for within the school district this Thanksgiving.

Martin posted a short video on the school's Facebook page today giving a brief update on some points of conversation within the district.

In Hurricane Ida recovery, Martin said that three schools remain significantly damaged by Ida – South Lafourche High School, Golden Meadow Middle School and Bayou Boeuf Elementary School.

Martin said the school district is working with architects right now to create permanent solutions for all three schools and that when those plans are created and finalized, they will be released to the public.

Martin said he's proud to say that students are being taught on campus by teachers every day at every school in the parish – something that many feared would not be possible after the storm.

In discussing COVID, Martin said that Lafourche schools have made significant progress.

Martin said the number of Lafourche students quarantined because of close contact tracing has plummeted in recent weeks, and that's in large part due to the number of positive cases within the parish dropping significantly, as well.

At the peak of the Delta Wave, Martin said that Lafourche once had 1,000 students in quarantine due to either positive COVID tests or close contact tracing. Today, Martin said those numbers have dropped to "almost zero," with fewer than 100 students in the parish currently in quarantine and no teachers have tested positive for COVID in the past week.

"This gives us great reason to celebrate and be thankful," Martin said.

Because of those improvements, Martin said Lafourche schools are going to open back up to parents and grandparents after the holidays for school-related activities and functions.

Martin said this news is a cause for celebration and he wanted to thank school employees, parents and students for their cooperation in the different times we've endured in the past few years.

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