JACK COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Students in the Jacksboro Independent School District are returning to class on March 29 after surviving an EF-3 tornado last Monday.
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The damage to the high school mostly concerned the gym, but the main damage was borne by the primary school.
On Monday, school principals found out the whole logistics of what the first day will look like for students.
Pre-K to 2nd grade will be in First Baptist Church, third grade in the Masonic Lodge next to the church, and 4th and 5th grades at Jacksboro High School so far.
“It was a team effort, we are a resilient community and I can’t be more proud of our employees, I’m sure they have risen to the challenge,” said Jacksboro ISD Superintendent Brad Burnett.
Meanwhile, students will eat in Jacksboro Parish right across the street from the church. On Monday, staff brought sandwiches, snacks and other meals to students.
“I’ll enjoy it, I like to take care of children, I love feeding children,” added Vicki Glover, the school’s headmistress.
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For primary school teachers, moving classes is a huge adjustment.
“It will definitely be different, you know we don’t have everything at our fingertips,” said fourth-grade science teacher Dr. Michaine Ashley.
She shares her class with a fifth-grade science teacher in the large auditorium at Jacksboro High School.
“We don’t have a posterboard, we don’t have a projector here at the moment, so being able to use our chrome books for our students will be really beneficial for them,” Ashley added.
It’s another step back to normal for this resilient community after a scary experience.
“This morning we told the teachers it was love and play. We’ll focus on that, “said Michael Qualls, principal of Jacksboro Elementary School.
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Burnett told CBS 11 that he would sign up with restoration teams at the elementary school when it would be safe for students to return to the teaching building, which he said could only take a few weeks. However, rebuilding the school gym may take a while.