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Jefferson Parish School Board Declares State of Emergency

The Jefferson Parish School Board declared a state of emergency in Jefferson Parish Schools during a special session meeting Friday. The designation will ensure all employees are paid for the time the district is closed and that JP Schools Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley can quickly and easily support the district.

The board unanimously approved two agenda items during its meeting. One item allows the district to pay all regular salaried and hourly employees for the time that will be missed while students are out of school from March 16 until at least April 14.

The second approved agenda item gives the superintendent authority to enter into contracts with vendors and sign purchase orders regardless of the amount. This allows Dr. Brumley to efficiently purchase items that will aid the district during the closure like additional sanitation supplies, student meals, learning materials, etc.

In response to the Governor’s emergency proclamation, all Jefferson Parish Schools are closed beginning Monday, March 16 through at least April 14. All schools and buildings will be closed and all activities - including school day instruction, before and after-care, preschool, health services, parent teacher conferences, student registration, and enrichment - will be canceled until further notice. For the latest updates, visit