Plainview, Sylvania students to share campus for remainder of year

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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) Tornadoes ripped through DeKalb County last Wednesday, leaving some schools with minor damage and others with catastrophic damage.

Preliminary damage estimates for the county are in the 10 to 15 million dollar range. Plainview High School was one of the hardest hit schools in the region. Currently, the campus at Plainview is not safe for occupancy by students and staff.

Plainview High School Principal Ronald Bell and Sylvania High School Principal Westley King have worked with the DeKalb County Board of Education to develop a plan to get Plainview students back in school to finish out the school year. The new plan calls for both schools to share the Sylvania campus.

Sylvania students will start their day at 7:30 a.m. and conclude the school day at noon. Breakfast for the Sylvania students will be served from approximately 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Lunch will also be provided to the students before they leave. Sylvania students attending the Technical School would do so at their normal times. Sylvania morning bus routes will remain the same.

Plainview's academic day will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided to students as scheduled by the principal. Near the end of the academic day, Plainview students will receive a bagged meal to take home on the school bus. Busses will depart the school at 5:30 p.m. Plainview students attending the Technical School will do so at the normal afternoon time. Morning bus routes for Plainview students will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m.

Graduation at both schools will remain unchanged. For Sylvania, graduation is set for May 26, at 6 p.m. Plainview graduation is set for May 27 at 7 p.m.

There will be a joint faculty and staff meeting for Sylvania and Plainview May 6 at 9 a.m. in the Sylvania High School gymnasium. All Sylvania and Plainview employees -teachers and support staff- are required to attend. This will allow for both schools to plan for students returning to school on May 9.

As reported in a press release from the DeKalb County Board of Education:

"Children will not be penalized for their inability to attend school as a result of the tornado. We also do not intend to allow any student to fail due to their inability to attend school as a result of the tornado. Should a family have special circumstances, they should contact the school principal. We will be very liberal with our attendance requirements.
Our prayers are for our students, their families, and our employees as they deal with this tragedy on our county."

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