Today was another excellent day of learning with 90% of our students attending in person and many more students participating in remote learning. Once again, I would like to express sincere gratitude to all of our teachers, staff, students, parents, and community for taking significant steps towards our recovery. We know navigating one-hour delayed starts these last two days have presented some challenges, but we are very grateful for your partnership.
We are so thankful for the many dedicated teachers and staff who successfully re-engaged students in learning today, both in person and remotely. We had a 90% student attendance rate, and we are working with those who could not participate due to prolonged impacts from Hurricane Ida.
Ascension Public Schools will resume instructional services for students on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, with a one-hour delayed start and relaxed dress code rules. All schools and programs except for Donaldsonville High (DHS), East Ascension High (EA), Gonzales Middle (GOMS), Lowery Elementary (LOE), Lowery Middle (LOMS), and Sorrento Primary (SOP) schools will be open for in-person learning. These schools that either have power issues (DHS, EA, GOMS, LOE, LOMS) or require moisture/mold remediation (SOP) will work with their families to provide remote learning that could include online services for those with Internet access, paper packets, or outreach by phone and other instructional apps.
As promised, we are providing you an update regarding the status of school reopening in Ascension Parish from the current closure due to Hurricane Ida. As of this afternoon, 30% of our schools do not have power. However, we do believe significant progress is being made each day, and we are hopeful that we will continue to see power restored to all schools as well as neighborhoods and businesses in the very near future.
I know you will all agree, this has been yet another challenging event for the Ascension community. We are grateful that the impact of Hurricane Ida was not as dramatic in Ascension Parish as we have seen in other areas near to us. However, we recognize that the impact to the Ascension community has created significant challenges due to damage of personal property and has created a temporary but substantial challenge to normal routines.
On the eve of a brand new school year, I want to take this opportunity to, once again, thank all of you for the hard work that went into last school year.
We look forward to connecting with your children starting next Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, whether for in-person learning or online learning. We first released our safety guidelines for operating schools for in-person learning on June 15, 2021. In those guidelines, we communicated that absent a mask mandate from state or federal officials, Ascension Public Schools and the Ascension Parish School Board would allow masks to be at the discretion of the individual based on advice from their personal healthcare provider. However, on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide mask mandate for Louisiana that requires businesses and organizations, including schools, to require the wearing of face coverings under certain conditions while indoors.
I am excited to share three updates: the third edition of our ASCEND magazine, LEAP 2025 Test Scores, and 2021-22 School Operations.
We look forward to children returning to school for in-person or online learning on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. We are excited, as always, about all the wonderful experiences and successes our students will enjoy during the 2021-22 school year.