Bay District Schools assesses damage at schools, some will revert to half-day schedule

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As Bay District Schools students and teachers are getting ready to head back to school, the district has to assess the damage to its buildings.

Lee Walters, the Director of Facilities for Bay District Schools, said several schools have experienced extensive damage following Hurricane Michael including Tyndall, Springfield, and Oscar Patterson elementary schools.

He said the district has ordered more than 100 modulars to accommodate students.

We've learned that some schools will have to share the same campus by following a half-day system.

Superintendent Bill Husfelt said Bay High School will share Jinks Middle School's campus, Everitt Middle School will go to Rutherford High School, and Merritt Brown Middle School will go to Mosley High School.

Walters said his team won't rest until students are back to where they need to be.

"Our priority is getting set up in schools that will have a transient population that are off-setting schools that were destroyed or heavily damaged. And from there, our focus is going to be getting students back to their home campus," Walters said.

Some of the modulars arrived to Bay District Schools Tuesday.

Changes aside from new schedules for some students include a more relaxed dress code, but students must still dress in clothes appropriate for school, as well as free meals for students across the district in January.