New Orleans to close all its schools for Memorial Day weekend

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans school district is shutting its schools on Memorial Day and says it will reopen later this week.

School officials said Monday the closures are needed because of the National Guard’s deployment to the city, and because of Hurricane Katrina.

They said the closures will be announced at a later date.NOPD spokesman Jeff Loeffler says schools are closed on Friday and Saturday in preparation for the hurricane.

The city has not reported any injuries or deaths related to the hurricane or the evacuations.

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