Middle Tennessee students head back to class after deadly tornadoes

Posted at 6:25 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 12:08:00-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Middle Tennessee students will head back to school Monday nearly one week after deadly tornadoes ripped through the area.

In Metro Nashville, students at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School and Meigs Magnet Middle School will have to temporarily relocate after the buildings were heavily damaged last Tuesday.

Interim Director Dr. Adrienne Battle said Robert Churchwell Elementary had the most damage. Students will be moved to Park Avenue Enhance Option, which is the closest school that has the physical capacity to hold additional students. Students and staff at Gra-Mar Middle School will report to Jere Baxter Middle School.

Students in Putnam County, one of the hardest-hit areas, will also head back to class. One bus route was impacted and will use new pickup and drop off locations. Counselors will also be at schools to help students cope with the tragedy. Eighteen people were killed when the EF-4 tornado hit the county.

Two schools in Wilson County, West Wilson Middle and Stoner Creek Elementary, were damaged beyond repair and will be closed for the rest of the year. Four schools will operate on four-hour sessions to accommodate students affected by the storm.

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Wilson West Middle School damage from the March 3, 2020 tornado.