Classes canceled for Tippecanoe Co. schools damaged by tornado

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY – Classes are canceled for the rest of the week for Southwestern Middle School and Mintoye Elementary, school officials say.

Students from those schools will resume classes on Monday at alternate locations for the next several months. The schools were damaged during Sunday’s severe weather outbreak, forcing school officials to scramble to come up with a contingency plan.

Officials expect the schools to be out of commission until the early part of 2014. About 950 students needed somewhere to go for the rest of the semester. Students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade will use available space at First Assembly Community Ministries at 108 Beck Lane. Seventh and eighth grade students will be housed at Wea Ridge Middle School at 4410 South, 150 East in Lafayette.

Teachers have developed supplemental education packets and online assignments in an effort to minimize lost instruction. Instructions are being emailed to parents. Families without internet can pick up materials between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the TSC Administration Building in Lafayette.

Tippecanoe Community Schools will seek a waiver from the Indiana Department of Education so students don’t have to make up days missed because of the storm.

All other schools will be open Wednesday, Nov. 20, including Woodland Elementary. Tipmont REMC expects to have power restored to the building by tonight

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