Vermont Schools Seek Normalcy post-Irene

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The floors are just bare concrete, but students are back in classrooms at Moretown Elementary School after flood damage from the remnants of Hurricane Irene forced it to hold classes outside under tents.

Like other Vermont schools, Moretown had to adapt to get students back to school as quickly as possible--a top priority in the upheaval from the Aug. 28 storm.

"I think with the devastation that occurred there was this urgency to get our students ... back to some level of normalcy," Principal Duane Pierson said.

At least five Vermont schools were closed until further notice and about 120 delayed opening for the school year after the storm. All have reopened, some with special accommodations and limited bus service.

With damage estimated at more than $300,000, Moretown took the kids on the road with field trips for three days when it opened Sept. 7. Last week, it held classes under big party tents on the recreation field, with students sitting on tarps or on lawn chairs brought from home.

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