Lenoir County Public Schools is asking for the help of parents and other in identifying and locating students who were displaced by Hurricane Matthew and the flooding that followed. Determining where these students are living is essential to arranging bus transportation to and from school, LCPS officials say.
“Where possible, we are asking that if families been displaced due to the storm, that parents or guardians please call their child’s school as soon as possible to provide their current location so that we may be prepared to arrange transportation,” Assistant Nicholas Harvey II said.
Virtually every school in the 17-school district has students whose residences were lost or significantly damaged by flooding and who have had to relocate. Teachers and school administrators have spent this week trying to contact students’ families and determining their status.
Developing a transportation plan that takes into account road and bridge closings caused by the storm as well as changes in residence for those students needs to be done before school reopens and is a priority of the school district’s Transportation Department, according to Harvey.
“We are aware that there are numerous roadways and bridges that are still closed throughout the district. Because of this, school buses will have to be detoured and rerouted until roadways are repaired,” Harvey said. “We will have revised bus route information available to schools and parents as quickly as possible.”
Families in areas of the county where flooding was most significant can expect their students to have longer, later and more inconvenient bus routes that may last several weeks to months until all of the roadways and bridges are repaired, he advised.
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