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Durham School of the Arts to reopen on delay Monday

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Firefighters work to extinguish flames created by a gas explosion on N. Duke St. in downtown Durham on Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019. As of 12:45 p.m. the blast killed at least one person and injured 15.
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Firefighters work to extinguish flames created by a gas explosion on N. Duke St. in downtown Durham on Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019. As of 12:45 p.m. the blast killed at least one person and injured 15.

Durham School of the Arts will reopen Monday, April 15 with a delayed start time.

The school will be open to students at 10:30 a.m. and classes will begin at 11:15 a.m., Durham Public Schools said in a news release.

DSA teachers and staff should report to school at 9:30 a.m.

The cafeteria will be open for lunch for DSA students. There will be no off-campus lunch for juniors and seniors due to ongoing clean-up and recovery efforts.

The school sent students home after the gas explosion at nearby 115 N. Duke St. on Wednesday. Although inspections found the building undamaged, classes were canceled Thursday and Friday during emergency operations in the neighborhood.

Students and staff who want to discuss the event Monday will be provided with a counselor.

The district asks families to note driving in the area might take more time than normal. Some streets may be closed, and others will be reduced to one lane. The district has made a map available on its website of alternate routes.

On Friday night the Durham Fire Department said North Duke Street from Morgan Street to West Main Street would remain closed until further notice, and detours be put into place to assist motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Morgan Street was expected to open later this weekend after debris clean-up operations are complete, the department said in a news release.

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