(KTVI) – It was the first day back at school for the Ferguson Florissant School District since winter break with all the snow days from last week.
But for kids from one Ferguson elementary school, they returned to an entirely different facility after their school was damaged from nature.
Students from Johnson-Wabash Elementary School in Ferguson weren`t going to their normal school.
Instead, they came back to the First Baptist Church of Ferguson because Johnson-Wabash is closed for the time being.
Two-thirds of the school sustained water damage after a sprinkler head broke a week ago in the frigid cold weather.
School officials spent much of last week into this past weekend scrambling to move enough supplies to hold classes at the church.
“It`s really been a test some days. But if tell you we all came together. I have a great team of teachers, staff members, district support- the community support has been overwhelming,” said Johnson-Wabash Principal Robin Witherspoon.
The Ferguson-Florissant School District reached out to the churchand the church agreed to let the school use part of its facility while repairs are made.
Parents applaud the district for finding a way to get the kids back in class.
They`re not worried about a different location.
“The teachers at Johnson-Wabash, they give their best. They work hard and if don`t think anything is going to change,” said concerned parent Charlene Ingram.
“We are at church. I`m very humbled and happy and also for their experience. Everything will be fine if think,” added another concerned parent Chiquita Woods.
Repairs at Johnson-Wabash could take a month.
Witherspoon is committed to keeping the kids on track.
She told us, “It`s education as normal.”
There are 426 kindergarten through sixth graders at Johnson-Wabash along with 60 staff members.
Classes are taking place on four different floors of the church.