Debbie Ratcliffe, a spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency, said state officials have offered to waive end-of-year tests and other requirements as needed. Hungate said the district was considering several options on testing.
Nickole Hayes dropped her three daughters at the dealership Monday. Her family was inside their home about 200 yards from the explosion site. The impact blew holes in her ceiling, knocked off doors and blasted the windows, she said.
The family had to live separately for a few days until a doctor from nearby Hillsboro donated his second home for them to stay in, she said.
She said her daughters felt doubly displaced, first from their home and now from their school.
"They're aggravated. They're disappointed," Hayes said. "They know they have to go back, but there's not a good way to be uprooted again."
Chad Rizo, father of 7-year-old Hunter, took the day off to walk his son to school. Rizo said his mother-in-law and several friends lost their homes and belongings.
While his son was excited to go to school with older friends, Rizo said the outside media attention would need to subside before things could return to normal.
"When West is left to clean up, that's going to hit home for a lot of people, I think," he said.