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Adairsville Schools Open, But Absences Excused

Bartow County Schools Superintendent issued a late-night statement on the decision to hold classes in the area a day after a tornado ripped through, killing one.

Bartow County Schools students in Adairsville won't be penalized for missing school a day after the area was devastated by a tornado.

While Gordon County cancelled Thursday classes due to power outages and widespread damage, Bartow students and their parents have the option of attending classes.

Superintendent John Harper late Wednesday night issued this statement:

Parents and students in the Adairsville Community,

We are devastated with the damage caused by the tornado today. I believe we should provide an opportunity for our students to attend school tomorrow. The elementary and middle schools currently have power and we are being told that the high school will have power by midnight. School will be in session at both the elementary and middle schools tomorrow. I truly hope the high school will have power by school time tomorrow.

However, should parents feel their child should remain home to help or that they believe they would safer at home, please keep them with you. The absence will be considered excused.

Respectfully,
John F. Harper

Should Harper have cancelled Thursday classes in Adairsville or all of Bartow? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments.

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