A longer than normal holiday break for District 51

By WEEK Producer

November 22, 2013 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 12:25 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Students in Washington's Central School District 51 will get a longer than usual Thanksgiving break. School will not resume until after the holiday.

Police continue monitoring roads leading to Washington's Central School District 51. As a result of that, the school administrators have cancelled classes until after Thanksgiving.

"The biggest challenge for us now is the logistics because we have security checkpoint at both the entrances because we reside in one of the effected areas," said Central School District 51 Superintendent Chad Allaman.

Homes around the schools including this apartment building were severely damaged from this week's tornado. District 51 buildings remain intact but some areas on the roof were damaged. Tree tops blown off in back of the building were scattered along the playground.

The superintendent says when the doors reopen here counseling will be available for both staff and students.

Bradley University counselor Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin says it's important for tornado victims to talk if they're feeling anxiety.

"I think it's really important that we listen to their feelings, watch their behavior, acknowledge them and then we've got to get them into some kind of structure," said Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin of Bradley University.

Superintendent Allaman says parents will be allowed to escort their children back to school when classes resume. A date has not yet been determined.

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