School is back in session at a Webster Parish school where lead remediation took place last week, pushing back the school year start date by a week.The school district had to push back J. E. Harper Elementary School's start date until Monday to meet EPA guidelines after lead was found in the walls.
Adding new tile takes time, and with school slated to start on the 11th, school board members opted to ensure student safety over rushing the process. Harper Elementary has about 525 students enrolled.
“We are not going to do anything that is going to jeopardize the safety/health of a child," Rawls said. "We just won't do it. We will go the extra mile."
Tae Washington has a 5-year-old daughter who will began school at the elementary school this year . She said her daughter was crushed when she found out she would be starting a week later than everyone else.
"I told her everybody else started Monday, she was like I want to start with everyone else," Washington said. "I told her, 'You're going to have to wait until the Kindergarten starts.'"
Her daughter Latisha didn't get to start with everyone else.
"You have to get contractors, and sometimes they're not on your schedule," Rawls said. "We were on a rushed schedule but they weren't."
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