Monday, February 8th will be a day of mourning or a day of celebration in New Orleans. Local schools may give students the chance to party or grieve with their parents in the comfort of their home
Jefferson Parish public schools had 8,800 students absent on the day after the Saints’ NFC title game victory, compared to 3,500 on a typical day, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
The school system is considering using an “emergency day” by canceling school on Monday. They could also cancel school Tuesday when it’s parade time. Some schools elsewhere in the city have already decided to shut down.
“We feel that it is not in the best interest of our students to be
required to attend school on a day when a significant number of
absences or tardiness will be the reality, and when learning will not
be optimal,” said spokeswoman Lisa Sibal at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie, where the Saints practice.
Tough decisions like these are being made across the city. Many public schools have declared they are definitely staying open.