The Guilford County School board has declared a "special emergency" to deal with tornado damage at three of its schools.
The three schools – Erwin Montessori, Hampton Elementary and Peeler Open Elementary – sustained heavy damage in a tornado a little over a week ago. The EF-2 tornado tore through the eastside of Greensboro.
Under state law, the emergency declaration allows the board to take any and all actions necessary to keep and make their schools safe.
Guilford County Schools CFO Angie Henry said the resolution gives them flexibility.
“That allows us to enter into contracts to take the actions that we need to be able to secure our buildings and to begin the process of restoring what we need to do for our students to get them back in school,” she said.
Henry also said that officials are still in the beginning stages of their disaster assessments.
Guilford County Schools COO Scott Mccully added that the schools aren’t completely demolished from the storm.
“We'll have to do quite a bit of clean up on the exterior as well as the interior in terms of any kind of water intrusion, tiles that may be soaked or floors that may be wet, those types of things,” he said.
Mccully also said they're still in the process of determining to what extent they can preserve the schools.
Students and staff from the three schools were relocated to other buildings for the rest of this school year.