Ida deals new blow to Louisiana schools struggling to reopen

In this Sept. 4, file photo, 6-year-old Mary-Louise Lacobon sits on a fallen tree beside the remnants of her family’s home destroyed by Hurricane Ida, in Dulac, Louisiana. Louisiana students are now missing school after Hurricane Ida. A quarter-million public school students statewide have no school to report to, though top educators are promising a return is, at most, weeks away, not months. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
Matt SedenskyThe Associated PressLULING, La. (AP) — Tara Williams’ three little boys run shirtless, because most of their clothes were swept away, and they stack milk crates beneath a blazing sun because their toys are all gone too. Their apartment is barely more than a door dangling from a frame, the roof obliterated, most everything in it lost.A Ford Fusion is the family’s home now, and as if Hurricane Ida didn’t take enough, it has also put the boys’ education on hold.“They’re ready to get inside, go to school, get some air conditioning,” 32-year-old Williams, who has twin 5-year-olds and a 7-year-old and is more pessimistic than officials about when they might be back in class, said. “The way it’s looking like now, it’s going to be next August.”
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