West ISD students released early due to severe weather threat

High school students from West, Texas, arrive for classes at a temporary facility provided by the Connally Independent School District Monday, April 22, 2013, in Waco, Texas. West students returned back to class today after a massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. five days ago damaged three of West's four schools, killed 14 people and injured more than 160 others. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

WEST, Texas (KXAN) – Students attending schools in the West Independent School District went home early Friday due to the threat for severe weather.

The district said on Twitter Friday morning they would be monitoring weather conditions and that they would “remain cautious” as conditions changed.

Around 2 p.m., the district then announced an early release for the district. West Elementary School students riding the bus left school at 2:15 p.m. Those waiting for parents or guardians were released at 2:45 p.m. West High School students were released at 2:30 p.m.

“West ISD understands the strain an early release may cause,” the district said in a series of tweets. “However, our temporary facilities cannot withstand Texas’ wind storms. … Thank you for understanding that temporary metal buildings are not safe enough for your kids and we have very poor options otherwise.”

In August, high school and intermediate school students began attending classes in temporary facilities after an explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant severely damaged or destroyed several district buildings.

Last month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a $20 million grant to the school district. Combined with $45 million of insurance money, the district will be able to rebuild without paying any money out of pocket for $60 million in construction and repairs.

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