To: Press Release
From: Eddie Bonine / Executive Director
Subject: LHSAA Status
Date: August 15th 2016
Presently the LHSAA mode of normal day-to-day operations is suspended until further notice. As you may or may not know, the LHSAA office on Old Hammond Hwy has approximately 20” of water throughout. We have staff members and/or immediate family of staff that now have homes with water from various inches to rooftop flooding. Today, August 15, 2016 via conference call, I met with the LHSAA Assistant Executive Directors to discuss what seems to be a concern amongst schools who are not affected by this devastation, Fall Sport scrimmages. These activities will be allowed as scheduled and any school’s scrimmage that has been affected by the flooding that wishes to travel and participate in any another permitted scrimmage, with the appropriate authorization from local authorities may do so, and if this means there will be four schools instead of the three permitted, authorization granted. Please apply safety and common sense when considering. A concern brought to our attention by schools affected by the flooding is one of eligibility for those athletes who have been or will be either temporarily and/or possibly permanently displaced. There is a process in place, which is a carry-over from the Hurricane Katrina event. It will be used to make determinations on transfers. We are presently attempting to assess the damage to the LHSAA electronic communication server to establish some form of temporary email system. Flood waters and street availability permitting, the LHSAA staff will be meeting as a group later this week to discuss overall operational logistics as we move forward in an attempt to serve the students of Louisiana.