Henryville High School students are back in class Monday following last month’s tornado damage.
Over 1,000 students from both the elementary and high schools were displaced after the storm swept through parts of Southern Indiana and Kentucky.
Elementary school students returned to class at the New Albany Graceland Baptist Church last month. The high school began class at the mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg. The location was approved by the West Clark school board in March, but assistant principal John Reed said it needed to undergo certain health and safety regulations before students could use the facility for school purposes.
“We had a lot of things we had to do to convert, basically, a facility that is for businesses and offices to a school setting,” he said.
Reed said there are still certain transportation issues that may need tweaking, but looking ahead the district will begin to concentrate on integrating students back into academic life, he said.
“Now, we’re working on making sure emotionally they’re going to be prepared to take the next step, which will be to get them back into that academic life that they need to be in,” Reed said.
The district has received significant private and public help to get the schools up and running, including Jefferson County Public Schools, which has offered counselors who may be used to help students adjust back to class.