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Storm damage causes several school closures including Salina, Great Bend, Inman

Wind damage to Great Bend High School from a Dec. 15 storm
Wind damage to Great Bend High School from a Dec. 15 storm(CR Melson)
Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 6:51 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: Several more smaller school districts in western and central Kansas have joined Salina, Inman and Great Bend High School in either canceling classes or starting late Thursday. Central Plains, Palco, Plainville, Sylvan Grove, Russell County and Canton-Galva canceled classes for all of their schools Thursday. Southeast of Saline, Solomon and Abilene’s St. Andrews Elementary School will start two hours late.

Update: The Inman school district is joining the Salina school district and Great Bend High School in canceling classes Thursday due to damage from powerful winds with storms that roared through the state Wednesday. With its announcement on the cancelation, Inman schools said a decision on evening activities for Thursday would be made by noon.

Damage from powerful winds in central Kansas are to blame for school closures Thursday in Salina and Great Bend.

The closures are for every school in the Salina school district and for Great Bend High School. The Salina school district announced the closure on its website, saying, “due to the effects of extreme weather, school is canceled Thursday, Dec. 16, an alert posted on the district’s website said. “USD 305 facilities are closed. There will be no practices.”

The Great Bend school district said the high school is closed Thursday due to roof damage and the disconnection of gas service/heat.

The district said there will not be remote learning Thursday and said to expect another update Thursday regarding the school’s status for Friday.

The district said Great Bend Middle School, all elementary schools and Little Panthers Preschool will be open Thursday.

“We will continue to update you as we continually monitor the status of our buildings and operations,” the district said in a message on its Facebook page.

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