Limestone County Schools Petitions State to Exempt Blue Springs, Clements from Testing

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) – As western Limestone County continues to clean up heavy storm damage, the school system is trying to plan out what happens for the last month of the school year.

Blue Springs Elementary and Clements High School remain closed because both are still without power.  There was a plan to bring in generators, but that idea has been scrapped. Utility crews are working around the clock to restore power to the schools, as well as about 3,000 customers.  Twelve nearby utility companies have sent in teams to help.

Limestone County Schools have petitioned the state for Blue Springs Elementary and Clements High to be exempt for the remainder of the year from all state standardized testing.  The system was in its 30-day window to administer the tests, which opened April 28, when the tornado hit on Monday.

The testing includes the ACT Aspire and the End Of Course tests for high school students, as well as other tests.  No word when the state will decide on the matter.

Child Care

Next week, Limestone County Schools will provide free child care at Clements Baptist Church to allow parents to do necessary work in and around their homes.  Children 7 and under can attend.  Meals and snacks will be provided.

Clements Baptist Church is located at 8690 U.S. Highway 72, Athens, AL 35611.  Care will be provided Monday through Friday, May 5-9, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vehicles should enter in the Guest Parking (East Bound Entrance) for drop-off and pickup.  Parents will be required to complete an information sheet upon drop-off each day.