Plaza Tower students return to a newly rebuilt school
MOORE — School is back in session for multiple school districts around the Metro. Mi-Del, Edmond and Putnam City all begin classes on Tuesday, as well as Moore, where students will be heading to the new Plaza Towers Elementary for the first time. Just after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, 400 students headed back to school for their first day of class at the new school building. Plaza Towers is one of two newly built elementary schools in Moore. The May 20, 2013, tornado destroyed both Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary Schools. The EF5 tornado also took the lives of seven students at Plaza Towers. Moore school officials have been working around the clock to get the new schools ready for this school year.This new $11 million dollar structure is equipped with a FEMA certified storm shelter. Four classes will be able to hold all of the students safely in the school in case of an emergency. Plaza Towers teacher Erika Rowell believes the new storm shelter will help children and families feel safer returning to class this year saying, "I think that will ease a lot of parents that will come this week knowing that their child will be safe no matter what comes."School Principal Patrick Chase told Fox 25, "(There's a) huge sense of security knowing that the preparations have been made."Also incorporated into the design of the school will be a memorial dedicated to the seven students who were killed. That memorial is expected to be completed during the fall at Plaza Towers.