Bradley County Schools will resume classes on Monday, May 9 for all schools.
Blue Springs students will attend Waterville Community Elementary School. Michigan Avenue will be housed at First Baptist Church on Stuart Road. The Tennessee Department of Education has granted forgiveness for the seven school days missed. Days will not be added to the school calendar.
Bus routes will run on schedule.
Kindergarten registration has been rescheduled for Monday, May 16 at schools except Michigan Avenue. Blue Springs registration will be conducted at Waterville. Kindergarten registration for Michigan Avenue will be conducted on Wednesday, May 18 at First Baptist Church on Stuart Road.
"These storms have so impacted our community that for many, it will be a long time before life returns to a more normal routine. To those of you who have lost loved ones and property, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We stand with you, and we will recover from these storms. We are strong Tennesseans with a hardy pioneer spirit and resolve to overcome adversity and hardships," stated Johnny McDaniel, Director of Schools.
Blue Springs and Michigan Avenue Elementary Schools have been significantly damaged by the tornados. The Bradley County Board of Education is currently waiting on information from insurance and structural engineers who are inspecting the buildings. "We are hopeful that Michigan Avenue will be ready for occupancy in August to begin the new school year," stated Director of Schools. Blue Springs was so severely damaged that it will be necessary for those students to attend other Bradley County schools next year. Plans are currently being developed to make accommodations for these students. "It is my desire to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students and their safety as we work to provide excellent educational opportunities for all our students. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time of emergency and recovery," concluded Mr. McDaniel.