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Update on Friday's tornado aftermath

Posted Date: 04/30/2022

Update on Friday's tornado aftermath

Prairie Creek tornado aftermath


Thank you to all who have reached out to help or support us in the hours since Friday night's tornado. Our hearts go out to our families and staff members who lost their homes, or whose homes were damaged. We are here to support you however we can. We are grateful that we are unaware of any injuries within our Andover school community, and that there were no reported fatalities associated with this tornado. Here are a few updates:

- Prairie Creek Elementary School suffered significant damage in the tornado. We walked through each room of the school this morning to assess damage. Some rooms were untouched, while others were heavily damaged. Prairie Creek was the only school building that suffered damage.

Because of the extent of the damage, we will not be able to use the Prairie Creek building the remainder of the school year. This weekend, district leaders are determining what the remainder of the school year will look like for Prairie Creek students. We are committed to finding a way to continue in-person school at alternate locations, but we will need a few days to figure that out. Therefore, there will be no school for Prairie Creek students this week (May 2-6). We expect to resume school on Monday, May 9. We will have more details to share in the coming days, and we appreciate your patience as we work through the logistics. All other students will resume school on Tuesday, May 3, as scheduled.

- United Way of the Plains is currently mobilizing assistance for families who are affected. Please call 211 to access those resources. If you are looking to donate to tornado relief, please visit their website. We will let you know if there are additional opportunities for donations or volunteering in the coming days and weeks.

Our community has experienced a traumatic event, and it will take time for us to heal. We will get through this together.

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