|The May 22 tornado displaced 62 percent of Joplin Schoolsʼ students, and many of those students are being forced to find housing in surrounding communities. Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff announced Friday, June 10, 2011, that those students are still welcome to attend school in Joplin.
"Our students have lost so much already," Dr. Huff said. "They are still a part of our Joplin community, so we want to do anything we can do to help them get back to a sense of normalcy."
Students who are now living in nearby communities will be able to attend the school they went to before the tornado or the school they were assigned to for next year. Joplin Schools will provide this option for up to two years.
Joplin Schools is working on a plan to assist these families with transportation. In order to prepare the schools for the right number of students, the district asks families who would like more information or to take advantage of this opportunity to call (417) 625-5270.
Editor's note: Of course, loss of attendance translates to loss of financial support for the district. Families may show loyalty to the district by keeping the children in attendance.