MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Moore Public School officials said Monday they will make special enrollment and attendance plans for the upcoming school year for students displaced by the May 20 tornado.
Superintendent Robert Romines said the plan's primary goal is to minimize disruption to the students' education.
"These students have been through enough, and we want their school to be a place of comfort and consistency," Romines said.
Two elementary schools in Moore were destroyed and a third was damaged when the massive EF5 twister tore through the Oklahoma City suburb. The tornado also destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes, displacing students and their families.
The enrolment plan for the 2013-14 school year includes a temporary transfer policy to allow students living outside the district to attend their home school. The policy applies only to students whose families were displaced by the tornado and who intend to move back to Moore.
Those students may attend the same school they attended last year but parents must provide transportation if they live outside their home school attendance area. Families also must complete a new enrollment form to allow the school district to collect new contact information for students and confirm who will be returning.
Officials said damage to Highland East Junior High is being repaired and that classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 16. Briarwood Elementary will be housed at Emmaus Baptist Church in Oklahoma City while the school is rebuilt.
"This allows us to keep the Briarwood school family together and close to their home school location," Romines said.
Plaza Towers Elementary, which also was destroyed, will be housed in a building at Central Junior High in Moore. Bus transportation will be provided from the Briarwood and Plaza Towers attendance areas to the temporary school sites.