Students at East St. John celebrate the move to first full school day since Isaac
Laplace, La (FOX44) — For most students Monday was just another school day. For the kids at East St. John High, it was the day they had been looking forward to for months.
"Everything is coming back to where it was, before the storm," exclaimed junior Deren Williams.
Students were finally put back to their full day schedules after going to school in shifts since Hurricane Isaac flooded and destroyed their school.
"Seeing your friends, makes a day. Seeing a smile, makes a day. And not seeing those same people all the time it was just like, 'eh, just school.' but now everyone is back it's like, 'hey! School,'" Williams continued.
"You're so used to doing everything, having everything on the bases, having everything there. Then when the flood came it was just devastating, because it just ruined everything," added Emily Durparu, a senior at ESJH.
Despite running on shortened schedules for months testing scores for the Wildcats still climbed and students say they still feel prepared and ready to move on.
"Despite all that, our end of course test results still went up. So it's just amazing the resolve of the teachers and students and parents," Principal Patricia Triche explained.
"I fell a little behind, but not too behind because our teachers kept us up to date, they made sure we knew about certain things that we're supposed to know about, and they make sure everything is running smoothly," Williams said.
The shift to a full day of school was made possible by the addition of 25 new portable classrooms, and while teachers are still making them their own, students are already looking to the future when they'll be back in their old school building.
"I can't wait. I can not wait. It’s going to be emotional. I am not going to say I am going to shed tears and stuff. But returning to the old building is going to make me sit back and really think about some stuff," Williams said.
Demolition on the flooded East St. John High School building will start in February and Triche said they're hoping to have it revamped by mid July.