Updates & Information from the District
FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE INFORMATION
Due to COVID-19 concerns, federal disaster assistance is still available online and by phone to people whose property may have been damaged by the March 3, 2020 tornado and storms.
Homeowners and renters who suffered damage should first register with FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Then, they can apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan to help with their uninsured or under-insured losses, even if they don’t have a small business. When a disaster such as this one is declared, SBA provides loans to homeowners and renters, businesses of all sizes, and many non-profit organizations to help them repair, rebuild and recover.
It is important that applications be completed by the May 4, 2020 deadline because a completed application can be key to additional forms of disaster assistance. Applications may be completed online at DisasterLoan.sba.gov or by calling 1-800-659-2955 for a paper application.
For more information, visit the March 22, 2020 press release at SBA Continues to Provide Disaster Loans for Those Impacted by Tornadoes After Closing Physical Location of Tennessee Business Recovery Center.
March 6, 2020 - Tuckers Crossroads Outreach Efforts
Very strong community outreach efforts going on at Tuckers Crossroads! These Hornets are flying all over the east end of the county delivering supplies to those in need! Tomorrow morning, any help would be appreciated at Crossroads Fellowship Church off Linwood Ave near I-40. Chainsaws and helping hands are welcome! That will start around 8:00 am. Here’s TXR Principal Anna Raines with more details:
March 5, 2020 - Update on Moving Forward/Help Efforts
Let’s talk more about moving forward, commonly asked questions, and our deepest appreciations for those offering so much in every way possible! We say thank you to all the kind and generous offers on relocating students! Your hearts are huge, may our gratitude be bigger!
It’s quite a logistical task to relocate around 1,700 students, but plans are being finalized and information regarding those plans will be released soon. There is so much speculation out there right now on relocation. Please know that we will make those official plans available in an appropriate and timely fashion. More in the video:
March 5, 2020 - Teachers on the Frontline in Damage Cleanup
Quite a sight at Stonebridge Neighborhood in West Lebanon. Several of our teachers who were directly impacted by the devastating tornado are on the front lines of cleanup. Special thanks to Lebanon Police Department for helping to organize this amazing outreach effort! #WilsonProud #StrongerTogether
March 4, 2020 - Teachers Giving Back
Community outreach efforts following the devastating tornado are coming in from everywhere, including our teachers. Even some who were directly affected by the storm! Mt. Juliet Church of Christ is one of several churches and community centers offering assistance. Our teachers are incredible and aren’t letting a tornado stop them from serving others in need!
Once we get an organized idea of what is needed from a district standpoint to help West Wilson and Stoner Creekwe will let everyone know. #WilsonStrong #WilsonProud
March 4, 2020 - WWMS and SCE: Moving Forward
As many of you have seen in person and through video/pictures, West Wilson Middle & Stoner Creek Elementary sustained extremely heavy damage. Those buildings will not be in use for the remainder of the school year. With that being the case, plans are currently being devised on what the remainder of the school year will look like for everyone involved with these schools. Those plans will be released in the coming days. We offer another look at the extensive damage and a chat about moving forward in the video below. We also offer our sincere gratitude for anyone and everyone who has reached out to offer words of encouragement. #WilsonStrong #StrongerTogether
March 3, 2020 - Evening Update
It’s a day we’ll never forget. But it’s also a day where our cup of thankfulness overflows that this weather disaster did not happen during a school day. We say thank you to all the kind words of encouragement, thoughts and prayers that have been sent to us from across our great state of Tennessee, the United States and even across the world. They have meant so much. We lift up the administrators, teachers, students and staffs of West Wilson Middle & Stoner Creek Elementary. We will get through this. We are family. We are Wilson County Schools. #WilsonStrong #StrongerTogether
March 3, 2020 - Stoner Creek Elementary School Update
The damage to this school is just as severe as West Wilson Middle. The storm path crossed both campuses. Stoner Creek Elementary appears to have taken a direct hit as well. Our hearts are filled with thankfulness knowing that no one was inside the school at the time of the storm.
March 3, 2020 - Update with Dr. Wright, Director of Schools
Information so far indicates that two schools sustained heavy damage: West Wilson Middle & Stoner Creek Elementary. Both schools are located in Mt. Juliet and are very near each other. The storm path went directly across both campuses.
No other schools received significant damage.
Here’s Director of Schools, Dr. Donna Wright on the storm disaster that’s affected our area/district.
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A common question we are getting is, “How can I help?” We’re a community of givers and that’s appreciated! At this time, please allow district staff some time to determine those needs and how you can help. That information will be sent out when it’s provided.
March 3, 2020
The March 3 storm leaves its mark within our district. West Wilson Middle School took a direct hit. Video of the damage to West Wilson Middle School can be seen in the video: