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Some Joplin families may have to switch school districts

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Families finding new homes after the tornado might have to switch school districts this year.

When the Joplin School District lost schools and hundreds of families lost their homes to the tornado many were shuttled in from outer districts on busses.  Last year Joplin worked hard to keep its students together.  Some students who lost homes to the tornado traveled into Joplin  from as far away as Granby, Neosho, Seneca and Carthage.

But a year later the school district says they'll review residency waivers on a case by case basis.

Joplin Schools officials say families still living in the FEMA housing units in the Webb City School District will again get bussing to their prior schools.  But those who have found new homes out of district may have to switch schools this year.

The Director of Instruction Services, Jason Cravens, says there can be a variety of exceptions, say when a child is entering 5th grade and wants to complete elementary school with a class, but it's not a hard and fast rule.

Cravens says they will be sensitive to those who are victims of the storm.

Students who move within  the district to another attendance zone can request a permit to attend their old school.  Parents should contact principals at schools after August 1.

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