Curfew for certain areas; school updates

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The city of Tupelo has instituted an 8 p.m. curfew for certain areas of the city, a day after a tornado caused extensive damage.

The areas under curfew are inside the red boundaries on the map at left. Lee County has a curfew of 9 p.m.

Tupelo schools resume classes Wednesday, except for Joyner Elementary, which is located in one of the more heavily damaged areas. Superintendent Gearl Loden hopes to have Joyner reopened by Monday. Other students who can’t make it to school because of weather-related conditions will have an excused absence, with a note.

Tupelo Christian will not have school tomorrow, so that its students can serve the city of Tupelo in tornado recovery, headmaster Brian Benscoter said.

Lee County schools will be open except for Saltillo and Guntown, which remain closed due to power outages. If power is restored in Saltillo on Wednesday, then schools in northern Lee County will reopen Thursday, according to superintendent Jimmy Weeks.

Weeks said there are three or four roads in Mooreville that buses can’t yet serve, so parents who live on those roads are asked to bring their children to school if they’re able.