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Tornado-damaged schools plan reopening

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Tornado damage in Limestone County. Tornado damage in Limestone County.

Limestone County school officials are working to get things back to normal after a tornado damaged one school and knocked out power to another on Monday.

Clements High School and Blue Springs Elementary will remain closed until power is restored to both schools. They will reopen 24 to 48 hours after power is restored. Clements took a direct hit by the tornado.

Friday morning, Superintendent Tom Sisk filed a formal request to the state superintendent's office asking that students at both schools be waived from taking standardized testing the rest of the school year. They have not heard back on that request. Testing was supposed to start earlier this week.

A group of teachers is working to contact the more than 1,200 students to make sure they're safe and if they have any immediate needs.

The superintendent's office estimates several hundred students have destroyed or damaged homes, but don't have specific numbers. The superintendent said students will go back to school at some point this spring, and school is not dismissed for the summer.

All other Limestone County schools were back in session earlier this week.

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