Students were back in class Monday at Pembroke Elementary for the first time since a tornado came through that community on Dec. 11 and damaged the school.

While all schools in Christian County had a couple days off last week because of the winter weather, Monday saw a much awaited return for students at Pembroke Elementary.

That school was closed on Dec. 12 for storm repairs in the aftermath of the tornados that went through western Kentucky on Dec. 11.

Christian County Public Schools superintendent Chris Bentzel said that he was excited for all the students to be back in class Monday, but especially so for Pembroke.

“We also give a big Owl welcome back to our Pembroke Elementary students and staff,” Bentzel said. “It’s wonderful to have Pembroke repaired, reconstituted and ready to open after last month’s tornado.”

Most of the damage occurred to the front of the building. Teachers and other staff returned last week, but Monday was the first day for students to be back in the building.

All Christian County schools were closed last Thursday and Friday due to the winter storm affecting Western Kentucky. Thursday’s school closing was considered a traditional snow day. Friday’s school closings completed Day 1 of non-traditional instruction assignments per each school’s NTI plan.

Also, high school students previously scheduled to take the ACT test on Saturday at Hopkinsville High School and Christian County High School will receive a new testing date directly from ACT.

Last week’s high school midterms and finals will be rescheduled. District schools will communicate the revised exam schedules to their respective students. Student families should check their school’s social channels and postings for updates.

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