Less than 40 Percent of Bay/Waveland
Students Return to Class
by Keith Burton - GCN
Students in the Bay St. Louis and Waveland area finally got to return to class Monday. Their first since Hurricane Katrina blew through the Coast and destroyed their classrooms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided more than 60 of the trailer-like classrooms to the Bay-Waveland district.
But just like in other Coast school districts, the number of returning students is far less than the number of students that were enrolled prior to the hurricane. Many families who have lost homes have either not returned to the Coast to live in FEMA trailers on their property, or have sent their children to relatives to live and go to school outside the area. Only 39 percent of the original number of students returned to class.
Below is a chart that shows the actual number of students that returned to the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District on Monday. The following table shows approximate student enrollment prior to Hurricane Katrina and first day enrollment (11-7-05) of returning students with percentages.