The tornado-damaged Cary MIddle School in Dallas

3 Dallas schools closed indefinitely after tornado

Oct. 22, 2019
Several schools are still without power, but 3 campuses sustained damage that will displace students for the rest of the school year.

Twelve schools in the Dallas district remained closed Tuesday as the area works to recover from tornadoes that struck Sunday night, but three campuses won't be able to open any time soon.

The Dallas Morning News reports that six of the campuses will be able to reopen once power is restored.

However, the other six Dallas schools received more significant storm damage.

Three elementary campuses -- Burnet, Cigarroa, and Pershing -- are in the process of being assessed. The district is temporarily relocating those schools to Loos Field House, starting Wednesday. Students at Pershing may not need to stay at Loos for more than a day or two until their school is reopened. For those at Burnet and Pershing, the district is predicting those campuses could be reopened early next week.

But three Dallas campuses that were the hardest hit—Thomas Jefferson High School, Cary Middle School and Walnut Hill Elementary—are closed indefinitely.

NBCDFW.com reports that Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa says Walnut Hill and Cary are a total loss and will need to be rebuilt.

Thomas Jefferson High will be uninhabitable through at least the end of the school year, Hinojosa says. He hopes students could return to Jefferson by August.

Other affected schools in the Dallas area:

The Richardson district has six campuses closed Tuesday, because of continuing power outages: Audelia Creek, Dover, Richland and Stults Road elementary schools; Christa McAuliffe Learning Center and the Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet.

Dallas Lutheran School will remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday, as school workers clean up and wait for the power to be restored.

St. Mark’s School of Texas will be closed at least through Wednesday, as several buildings on its campus received significant storm damage.

•Episcopal School of Dallas avoided major damage, but will be closed Tuesday as it waits for utilities to be restored.

•With power still out at its campus and the adjoining church, St. Monica’s Catholic School will remain closed Tuesday.

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