- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Big Island students who were reassigned because of a lava flow will begin the upcoming school year at their original schools.

Lower Puna students were reassigned to a temporary site and area schools in October because of lava flowing from Kilauea volcano. Keonepoko Elementary School was closed because it was projected to be in the lava’s path.

The state Department of Education said Monday that now that lava is no longer a threat, students must go back to the schools they came from.

Keaau, Kau and Pahoa Complex Area Superintendent Chad Farias says he knows some families may not want to returned to their geographically assigned schools.

Families may apply for geographic exceptions if they want to make changes.

The department is working out staffing issues at the affected schools.

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