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Hurricane KatrinaThe Mississippi Story$
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James Patterson Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030239

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030239.001.0001

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Disaster and Recovery in the Schools

Disaster and Recovery in the Schools

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(p.170) Chapter Eight Disaster and Recovery in the Schools
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Hurricane Katrina
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James Patterson Smith

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030239.003.0008

This chapter discusses the recovery of schools in the aftermath of Katrina. The massive destruction of school buildings and the loss of faculty and staff housing presented unprecedented challenges. In the three Mississippi Gulf Coast counties, sixteen entire public school campuses and five parochial school campuses were destroyed in the storm, and another 2four schools suffered severe damage. The decision of individual districts to get the schools up and running as quickly as possible met a critical need for Katrina’s youngest victims. Studies confirmed that school life, with its routine, safety, and sense of caring, was a vital in the recovery of children.

Keywords:   Katrina, public schools, Mississippi Gulf Coast, school campuses, children

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