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Back to School with Generators

By CJ Cassidy

SENATH, MO (KFVS) - Thousands of people still struggle without power across the region, and that includes several closed schools, but some folks are taking steps to get back in the saddle.

Class is finally back in session at the Senath-Hornersville School District despite the blackout.

The Pemiscot Dunklin Electric Co-op lent the school district several generators so students could get back in class.

The hum of electric generators powering up the Senath Hornersville School District reaches you long before you get there.

"First day back, we're happy attendance and attitude seems to be normal - as normal as can be under the circumstances," said High School Principal Kim Campbell.

He points out the district saw 91 percent of their student body show up to class.

That's comforting to school leaders who say knowledge is power, and they won't let a power outage that's crippling most of the area, get the best of them.

"We are trying to keep students in class away from the outdoors where there still could be falling limbs. We'll play it by ear. We've adjusted our dress codes as well.

You see a lot of caps today. We don't allow caps to be worn in the building typically. I told them teachers could wear jeans and also be casual."

Besides the casual look, teachers are also staying away from giving out homework and that's scoring some big brownie points with their students.

"We're not allowed to have homework which doesn't bother me," Junior Emilie Deck said.

"I have two little brothers at my house and it's not fun because there's nothing to do there," said McKenzie Harris.  "I'm glad to see all my friends and come back. We've talked about everybody's stories, and it helps because a lot of people don't have what some of us have. It's kind of sad."

Not everyone's glad to be hitting the books again.

But wouldn't you rather be in a school that has power than at home without power?  

"Not really it was kinda having fun without the power. I was alright without it," Deck said.

School leaders say students ought to be glad. If they didn't come back now, they would have to spend most of their spring break or June making up the days. As it is they still have 11 days to make up and they are trying to figure out the best way to do that.

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