Two Limestone Schools To Remain Closed For Now

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A spokesperson with the Limestone County Board of Education says Blue Springs Elementary School and Clements High School will remain closed until they have electrical service restored.

Karen Tucker says earlier this week, Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk and others discussed the possibility of bringing large generators in to power the schools. That idea was scrapped, Tucker said. All other Limestone County schools are back on their regular schedules.

The tornados downed more than a hundred power poles along Highway 72, laying to waste many miles of electrical transmission cables. Athens city officials say linemen from a dozen different utility companies are in the area helping to rebuild the system.

Tucker also says they have petitioned the Alabama Department of Education for a waiver exempting students at the two tornado damaged schools from all state standardized testing for the remainder of the school year.

Meanwhile, Tucker says the system will offer free child care services for residents of the affected areas. From Monday through Friday of next week, free child care will be available at Clements Baptist Church.

Limestone County Schools in partnership with Clements Baptist Church, the United Way and the Alabama Baptist Convention will offer free child care for children 7 years and younger at Clements Baptist Church for those families impacted by the tornado from Monday, May 5th through Friday, May 9th.. Meals and snacks will be provided.

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. Clements Baptist Church is located at 8690 US Hwy. 72.