HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Classes were back in session Thursday morning at Hattiesburg and Oak Grove High School.
Both campuses were in the direct path of Sunday's Tornado and were severely damaged. Hattiesburg main building was spared and Oak Grove had roof and water damage in some of their classrooms and the gym.
Despite the devastation at both campuses, school administrators primary goal was to make the first day back as normal as possible.
"A lot of our students have been affected in their neighborhoods and their is a lot of chaos around them," said Jason Smith, Hattiesburg School District Communications Director. "So we want to try and get them some normalcy and back their routines."
"We want things to be as normal as possible," said Helen Price, Oak Grove High School Principal. "When they came on campus and saw the devastation you could see the shock. Their was a somber feel as they entered the campus."
Twenty-seven of Hattiesburg School busses 29 busses are unusable. Eight counties have loaned the district school busses until theirs can be fixed.