Baton Rouge Closures: COVID-19


All permitted events in East Baton Rouge Parish have been postponed until further notice. That includes, but is not limited to, the following events. 

  • Proceedings in the 19th Judicial District Court and the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court have been suspended through March 27




  • The Southern University Ag Center has canceled all scheduled events effective immediately



  • The Harlem Globetrotters announced that they will be suspending planned games on their domestic U.S. tour. Please visit Raising Cane’s River Center for additional information.



  • The EBR Council on Aging has cancelled its annual Crawfish Boil, which was scheduled for April 9 at the Capital City Event Center



  • The Live After 5 spring season is postponed


  • The East Baton Rouge Library has canceled its events scheduled through March 28.



  • The Ebb & Flow Festival originally scheduled for April 4 and 5 has been postponed. Elements of the festival which comply with safety and health directives are planned for the coming weeks, including Art Flow (March 17 through 30) and Art Flow Junior (March 17 through April 30)



  • Southern University Ag Center’s 10th Annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference, scheduled for March 18 through 21, has been canceled. The event included a Hemp Summit and book signing with Natalie Baszile, author of Queen Sugar. All other SU Ag Center events have been canceled until further notice.


  • The Baton Rouge Blues Fest, previously scheduled for April 18 and 19, is postponed until further notice



  • The Baton Rouge Zoo’s 50th celebration, Zippity ZooFest, originally scheduled for March 28 and 29 will be postponed, a rescheduled date is to be determined.

            The Baton Rouge Zoo’s aquarium will close until further notice.




  • The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has canceled all sports until April 15






  • Southland cancels tournaments, suspends spring sports through March 30


The Department of Education released a statewide list of school locations where meals will be distributed to students age 18 and younger, beginning Wednesday, March 18.

These locations will be providing two meals per day for kids 18 and younger during school closures due to coronavirus.  

Schools and centers that do not offer meal programs should refer families to ones that do. Districts, charter schools, private schools, and early childhood centers are encouraged to collaborate when possible to ensure that all children in the community continue to receive meals.

Several schools in the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas will be providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch while supplies last;

  • Northeast Elementary: 13801 Port Hudson-Pride Rd, Pride, LA 70770 Phone: 225-654-5113
  • Progress Elementary: 855 Progress Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70807 Phone: 225-775-4986
  • Wildwood Elementary: 444 Halfway Tree Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 Phone: 225-766-6002
  • Woodlawn Elementary: 8160 Antioch Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70817 Phone: 225-756-3681
  • Capitol Middle: 5100 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 Phone: 225-922-5400
  • McKinley Middle: 1550 Eddie Robinson Sr Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Phone: 225-388-0089
  • Park Forest Middle: 3760 Aletha Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70814 Phone:225-275-6650
  • Zachary High: 4100 Bronco Lane, Zachary, LA 70791 Phone: 225-654-2776


East Baton Rouge Parish Public School superintendent Warren Drake says this is a temporary solution and he says he is aware it will not fit the needs of everyone right away, but it’s an option. Officials are still looking into ways this can be expanded and modified over the next couple of weeks.

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released the following information Friday,

March 13:

  • Schools may offer complete distance learning, as capabilities exist
  • With appropriate social distancing measures, schools shall continue to provide meals or other essential services with applicable staff
  • Instructional minute requirements shall be temporarily suspended for distance education courses and for curriculum delivery
  • The required 63,720 instructional minute requirement per year shall also be suspended
  • The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall report to the governor and the legislature any further actions necessary to ensure that eligible students achieve successful student grading, promotion, and graduation



  • All public K-12 schools in Louisiana will be closed Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13



Ascension Public Schools

  • Governor John Bel Edwards announced Friday, March 13 that all K-12 schools in the state are closed Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13, however, Ascension Public Schools will continue education online. All 5th through 12th graders bring laptops home everyday. As of Friday, March 13, 3rd and 4th graders are being sent home with laptops as well. Online instruction will be rolled out for 3rd through 12th graders Wednesday, March 18. Printed packets will be distributed to preschool through 2nd graders for instructions to complete at home. 
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East Baton Rouge Parish School System

  • Classes are canceled effective Monday, March 16 and are tentatively scheduled to resume April 13
  • All 12 month employees are expected to report to work. Employees will receive directions from their supervisors by early next week. Employees are encouraged to check their district email for updates. Full-time, active employees will continue to receive compensation and benefits during this time. All full-time, active 9, 10, and 11-month employees should not report to work at this time.
  • All EBR schools and facilities will be closed to the general public throughout the duration of this closure. All school events during this time period are canceled or postponed until further notice. This also includes the cancellation of regular school day instruction, before and after-care, preschool, health services, athletics, parent teacher conferences, student registration, and enrichment.
  • Certain schools will serve as hubs where food is served to students. Details from the school system will be announced at a later date.
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  • The school will be closed Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13. Students should plan for distance learning from home.
    • Grades K-6
      • Packets of lessons for elementary grades will be available for pickup in the Information and Admissions building Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m.
    • Grades 7-12
      • The junior and senior high will rely on face-to-face teaching over the internet for the duration of the closure. Please check your email several times a day for further information and directions. Teachers will train on Monday and students will receive a video giving them instructions on how the distance learning process will operate by Tuesday, March 17. Classes will be conducted online at regularly scheduled times, therefore, is essential for students to log in during their normal class times. It is our hope that students will continue with their classes remotely so there will be no interruption in learning and teaching.
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Diocese of Baton Rouge

  • Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13
  • Spring Break: We will observe spring break as originally scheduled (April 13 through April 17). School resumes April 20.
  • Standardized Tests: Standardized tests will be rescheduled for later in the school year.


Baton Rouge International School

  • The school will be closed Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13


The Dunham School

  • Starting Monday, March 16, the Dunham School will transition to distance learning through the end of Spring Break (Monday, April 13)
  • All extracurricular activities, including athletics, are postponed at this time
  • Classes will resume on campus Tuesday, April 14

Episcopal School of Baton Rouge

  • The school will shift to distance learning Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 17. Students should return to campus Monday, April 20.
  • School-sponsored events, including co-curricular activities, are either canceled, postponed, or adjusted


Louisiana Key Academy

  • Louisiana Key Academy will be closed March 16 through April 3. Classes will resume Monday, April 6. All after school activities will be suspended beginning March 13. This includes all practices, clubs, tutoring, and aftercare.


Baton Rouge Community College

  • Classes canceled the week of March 16
  • Spring Break will be moved up to March 23
  • Beginning March 30, classes will resume online only for the remainder of the spring semester
  • Cancellation of all in-state and out-of-state travel where large groups and crowds convene until further notice
  • Suspension of all regular season competition for BRCC baseball and softball teams until April 3

Cancellation or postponement of all large-scale events (25 or more people) at the college until further notice



  • Canceling classes starting Monday, March 16 with the exception for LSU Health Science Centers in Shreveport and New Orleans
  • Classes resume after Spring Break online only for remainder of spring semester
  • All tests scheduled at LSU Testing Center for the week of March 16 through 23 are postponed
  • As a precautionary measure, we are asking that all on-campus events and LSU-sponsored off-campus events of 30 attendees or more to be canceled effective immediately, through May 30. A decision about commencement will be made at a later date.
  • Events with fewer than 30 attendees will need to receive approval through the LSU Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and any exceptions may also be requested through the EOC. Email for event approvals.
  • All residence halls and on-campus apartments will remain open at this time, however, students are encouraged to return home if you can do so


Southeastern Louisiana University

  • Beginning Wednesday, March 18, SLU will transition all in-person classes to remote instruction until further notice
  • Face-to-face classes will not meet Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17
  • All university-sponsored events involving a significant number of participants will be canceled or rescheduled
  • Campus operations continue; employees are expected to report to work


Nicholls State University

  • Classes will be taught online beginning Monday, March 16 and continuing into the foreseeable future
  • Residential life housing and dining services will remain open; other campus services will be available
  • All sporting events, including intramurals, are postponed
  • Rec Center remains open; guest passes will not be sold until further notice


Southern University Baton Rouge

  • Classes will be cancelled March 16 through 21.
  • Spring Break will now be held on March 23 through 27. Classes will resume remotely on March 30. Classes will continue remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. Students residing on campus are encouraged to return home
  • Residence halls are not closing.
  • If you are unable to leave campus, students are asked to submit a notification of use form by March 20. This form allows Southern to best assess the number of meals and frequency of regular services, including security and facilities management in the resident halls.


Southern University Law at Baton Rouge 

  • March 16 through 22 classes will be canceled and engage in faculty professional development activities focused on preparation for remote instruction
  • Starting March 23 courses will move to a hybrid, distance learning, online, or remote format.
  • Critical courses, externships, and any electives that may require physical interaction will resume as scheduled until further communication has been released from state and local health agencies.


Southern University at New Orleans

  • All in-person classes were suspended today at noon. Classes will continue suspension Friday, March 13
  • Spring Break has been rescheduled for the week of March 16
  • Classes will resume remotely on March 23
  • Classes will continue remotely for the remainder of the spring semester
  • Residential housing, dining services, campus facilities, and administrative/staff offices will remain open during regular hours of operation.
  • All university sponsored events with more than 50 attendees will be canceled until further notice
  • All university sponsored international and domestic travel is suspended until further notice.


Southern University Shreveport

  • No in-person classes will be held the week of March 16. However, alternative instruction will be made available for students
  • Spring Break will be held March 23 to 27
  • Classes will resume remotely on March 30


Southern University Agricultural and Research Center

  • All parish, regional, and state-level programming is suspended until further notice. Extension/Outreach staff is to report to their respective normal duty stations