Lyons students restarting school together, just not at their school

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Lyons students go back to school in Longmont

Lyons students go back to school in Longmont

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Destructive flooding took out the infrastructure in the town of Lyons. Now, it’s taking a toll on student learning, sports and homecoming festivities.

This should have been Lyons High School’s homecoming football game—in Longmont.

“They were calling this the homecoming game. In two weeks, they are planning the real thing,” says Biaba Lennard, the mother of a Lyons student.

But even that game won’t be played at home.

The state’s most destructive flood is to blame.

“The school is intact. The school is not damaged at all. But we don’t have power, water, sewage, the bridges to the school are wiped out,” says the school’s principal Greg Winger.

That means students have had not school for seven days.

“We were in the process of making sure all our students and families are accounted for, that’s been our number one goal,” says Winger.

So homecoming must wait.

But for Lyons residents like John Casey, it feels like a homecoming nonetheless.

“It’s awesome. Chills. You can’t help it,” he says.

The family lost their home—but being here amongst friends gives them something to cheer about.

“It’s definitely overwhelming. Everyone’s emotions are going crazy. You have a sense of joy because you see everyone out here coming together as a community. It’s great,” says Lyons senior Sammy Bashor.

Not only is Lyons’ Homecoming on hold, but their daily education is too. Kids return to school on Monday. But not in Lyons.

“It’s crazy to think we can’t go home. We can’t go back to our school, and be in our own facility,” says Lyons senior Hannah Baker.

Students will call the old Longmont High School their new digs until they can return to their own.

“It will be really good because last week I was at Life Bridge Church with strangers,” says Lyons sophomore Ericka Rivera. That church was a shelter for hundreds of flood evacuees.

In the end, students and parents say it doesn’t matter where they have Homecoming, where they play sports, or where they learn—as long as they’re together.

“By allowing all kids to be back in school and families to be a part of that, it’s a big step in our recovery process,” says Lennard.

“It will be a change, but we’re ready,” says Winger.

The school is still figuring out when to reschedule homecoming, but it may be during their next home game in three weeks.

More than 400 students attend the combined middle and high school.

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