Springfield Public Schools reopen after the tornado, theres no word on who is in charge

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.

(AP) Springfield’s public schools were reopened Wednesday after a tornado ripped through the city and left a trail of destruction.

The Springfield Board of Education said the schools will reopen on Thursday afternoon, but a timeline has not been set for when the schools might reopen.

Schools are closed until the tornado is over, but that could change, the board said in a statement.

The district has about 1,000 students, most of whom are in grades 4 to 8.

Schools will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., including after school programs, school-sponsored outings and activities and for the spring term.

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The storm forced the closure of some schools, including those in downtown Springfield.

Schools in the surrounding area were also closed.

The mayor says the damage to Springfield is extensive.

He says the storm left a path of destruction for residents and businesses, and the county is trying to recover.