Eight days after tornado, Rice students back in school

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by CYNTHIA IZAGUIRRE

WFAA

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 1 at 6:35 PM

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RICE - After a week of no classes, students in the tornado-ravaged town of Rice are once again hitting the books.

Rice Intermediate School was one of the hardest hit structures during the tornado touchdown, and construction crews are still on scene working to fix the damage.

The tornado touched down on October 24 in Rice. The roof of Rice Intermediate School was partially torn off, damaging the gymnasium, eating area and sixth through eighth grade classrooms.

Third through fifth grade classrooms were deemed safe, which is where students in those grades resumed classes Monday after the whole district skipped a week of classes due to the damage.

However, Guadalupe Cervantes said she is concerned for the safety of her three grandchildren, who attend the school at a third, fourth and fifth grade level. Cervantes said she wasn't allowed in the school when she dropped her children off.

"I tried to go inside, but the police and others said, 'It's no good, go,'" she said.

Cervantes said she was told only workers, police and insurance workers were allowed inside.

Another parent sent WFAA a note about another concern. She said her son is still having nightmares about the EF-2 tornado.

As for sixth through eighth grade students, they are currently attending classes at the high school, which is where extra portables were brought in to handle the students.

The superintendent at the Rice Independent School District said she has full confidence in the team making repairs, which is the same crew that built the school that only opened this year. She also said background checks have been made for each crew member.

As for the safety concerns, she said a temporary roof has been placed on the school, and it has been deemed safe by several construction engineers.

 



 

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