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Warren County Public Schools closed the rest of the week

Alana Watson

Warren County Public Schools are closing for the rest of the week, as the district goes into winter break, following last weekend’s tornadoes.

Superintendent Rob Clayton announced Monday that the district is shifting its focus to long-term support in order help families in need.

“We’re not going to ask our students to do anything other than take care of themselves and their families. That’s what we’re doing as a school staff and in terms of how we’ll make these five days up, we’ll determine that once we get through the recovery efforts," Clayton said during a press conference. 

The superintendent said there will be no NTI instruction and the district will announce a plan to make up the five days.

“Our staff is coming out in large quantities to volunteer as part of the relief efforts, and we just feel at this point in time it’s best to go ahead and close schools for the remainder of the week and we’ll provide additional updates as additional information is provided," he said.

Clayton said all Warren County employees are accounted for. However, there are some students among those unaccounted for.

A few Warren County Public School buildings were still without power as of Monday

The district is accepting monetary donations through a GoFundMe account. All donations will provide direct relief to Warren County families impacted by the storm. The online donation link can be found here.

Former student intern Alana Watson rejoined WKU Public Radio in August 2020 as the Ohio Valley ReSource economics reporter. She transitioned to the station's All Things Considered Host in July of 2020. Watson is a 2017 graduate of Western Kentucky University and has a B.A. in Broadcasting Journalism. She also has her M.A in Communications from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. Watson is a Nashville native and has interned at WPLN-FM in Nashville. In 2019, she won a Tennessee AP Broadcaster & Editors Award for her sports feature on Belmont University's smallest point guard. While at WKU Public Radio she won Best College Radio Reporter in 2016 from the Kentucky Ap Broadcasters Association for her work on post-apartheid South Africa. Watson was previously at Wisconsin Public Radio as thier 2nd Century Fellow where she did general assignment and feature reporting in Milwaukee.
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