The Dallas school district is scrambling to get students back to school after a tornado caused serious damage to six campuses Sunday night.

Two Dallas ISD schools likely are “a total loss” from tornado damage, superintendent Michael Hinojosa announced Monday.

Those are Walnut Hill Elementary and Cary Middle School, which are blocks from each other near Walnut Hill Lane and Midway Road.

Students from those schools will resume their studies Wednesday but at other locations. Walnut Hill’s 350 students, plus teachers and administrators, will move to Tom Fields Elementary, a school the district closed last year. Cary, which has about 500 students, will be split by attendance zone to Medrano and Franklin middle schools.

Thomas Jefferson High School won’t reopen this school year. The district is waiting on approval from a structural engineer before the building can be closely assessed, but Hinojosa says he’s hopeful the building can be salvaged. In the meantime, students will move to the former Thomas Edison Middle School building in West Dallas, which the district has been using for staff development.

Cigarroa Elementary and Burnet Elementary, which are less than a mile from each other near Walnut Hill and Webb Chapel, both sustained damage, but the district hopes to have them back online as soon as Monday. Meanwhile, both schools will meet at Loos Field House starting Wednesday.

Pershing Elementary was damaged but could be ready for school by Wednesday morning.

Private school closings

Ursuline: Closed Monday Oct. 21

St. Marks: Closed through Wednesday Oct. 23

Jesuit: School will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3:05 p.m. on Monday Oct. 21 and Tuesday Oct. 22

Hockaday: Closed Monday Oct. 21

Preston Hollow Presbyterian School: Closed Monday Oct. 21

We have not been able to contact the Covenant School, Episcopal School of Dallas and Wesley Prep.

DISD schools closed on Monday Oct. 21:

• Cary MS
• Cigarroa ES
• Pershing ES
• Thomas Jefferson HS
• Walnut Hill ES
• Caillet ES
• Dealey Montessori
• Foster ES
• Franklin MS
• Hexter ES
• Hillcrest HS
• Kramer ES
• Joe May ES
• Francisco Medrano MS
• Thelma Page Richardson ES
• Roosevelt HS
• Twain ES
• South Oak Cliff at Village Fair
• Burnet ES


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