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With airmen returning after Hurricane Michael, Tyndall Elementary School will reopen in December

Tyndall Elementary School is shown in this Aug, 2017 photo.

DELANEY ROSE/U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO

By GENEVIEVE SMITH | The News Herald | Published: November 30, 2018

TYNDALL Air Force Base, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — To help support the rebuilding of Tyndall Air Force Base, Bay District Schools officials announced they will reopen the base's elementary school on Dec. 10.

"We are super excited that we're going to open before January," said Tyndall Elementary School Principal Kimberly Kirkman. "With the base opening up and having most military personnel reporting back ... we are going to try to do our best to offer support to them."

Fortunately for the school, only one building on campus was damaged beyond use. Because of expected lower enrollment rates, though, Kirkman said this won't be a problem.

So far, just more than 100 students have registered at the school since registration opened Tuesday.

"Now is a really good time to come to Tyndall," said Kirkman.

Tyndall Elementary is one of a handful of schools that has temporarily merged onto another campus because of facility destruction and community displacement. Most students and staff from the elementary school remaining in the district currently are attending Callaway Elementary School.

"We have already shifted the office staff back there and we're in process of working on shifting the other staff back there to be ready for students," said Bay District Schools Director of Communications Sharon Michalik.

"What we do need parents to do is register. We need to know how many families are coming back to Tyndall or how many families have moved and are going to need to have their students at Tyndall Elementary," Michalik continued. "Even if you went there before, we need to know who's coming back."

Registration will take place on campus from 9 a.m. until noon.

Once the school reopens, the schedule will run from 7:20 a.m. to 2 p.m., just as it did before Hurricane Michael.

The district is currently unable to provide bus transportation to and from the school, though the district does plan to eventually bring back transportation services.

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