WEST, Texas (AP) — Students displaced after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion earlier this year damaged their Central Texas town’s campuses are coming home for the start of the new school year.

When classes resume on Monday, students in the town of West will be back in familiar surroundings as well as in some temporary structures.

Thanks to an ongoing restoration plan, students in grades pre-K through 5 will attend classes at West Elementary School, which received minimal damage. Students in grades 6 through 12 will be housed in temporary portables located at the existing West Middle School, which will be demolished. The damaged high school is still being evaluated.

The rebuilding of West’s schools could take several years.

The April 17 fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people and injured hundreds.

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