Jones County students back in class first time since hurricane

TRENTON, NC (WITN) - Students in one Eastern Carolina county cracked open their textbooks for the first time in five weeks.

Jones County schools reopened Tuesday after being closed several days before Hurricane Florence.

Two of the county's schools, Jones Middle School and Trenton Elementary School, were so badly damaged by the hurricane and subsequent flood that they will never reopen.

Instead, middle school students are now attending classes in the high school, while elementary school students are split between Comfort Elementary and Pollocksville Elementary schools.

State lawmakers have forgiven school districts in hurricane counties up to 20 missed instructional days. There's no word yet on Jones County plans to make up the additional five missed school days.

Duplin and Onslow County schools have yet to resume classes, while several schools in Craven County remain closed because of hurricane damage.