MOORE — Students who attended Moore schools last year and were displaced by the May tornadoes can go back in August no matter where they live.
“We want them to have the option to be able to come back home,” Superintendent Robert Romines said.
School board members approved a motion Monday to suspend the traditional geographical restrictions for the coming school year.
Last year, about 23,000 students attended Moore schools. About 1,000 students were displaced by the storms, Romines said.
Rachquel Brown is the mother of Courtney, 8, and 11-year-old twins, Colby and Caleb, who attended Plaza Towers Elementary, 852 SW 11. Their home was destroyed, and they have relocated to a duplex in Norman.
Brown said she intends to keep her children with their friends and the teachers they have come to know and love for the coming school year.
“I'm hoping their day care has spots for them and will be able to transport them to and from school,” Brown said. “I'm keeping my fingers crossed.”
Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary, 14901 S Hudson in Oklahoma City, were destroyed, and those students will be relocated when school starts Aug. 16.
Plaza Towers students will be in the 800 Building of Central Junior High School, 400 N Broadway.
The 800 Building housed 18 classes, but those have been moved into the main junior high building to make room for the Plaza Towers prekindergarten through sixth-grade students. The students will share a playground with nearby Central Elementary.
Romines said walls have been torn down to make more room for the elementary students, and painting and rewiring are underway.