After a delayed start to the school year due to a mould outbreak, students at Glencoe’s Ekcoe Central Public School will be heading to class Friday–but at at another school–the board announced Wednesday.
Though the school year kicked off Tuesday, the discovery of mould-creating substances at the elementary school has kept doors shuttered, with the expectation of remaining closed for the foreseeable future.
Ekcoe Central students will get their first day of classes Friday Sept. 9 at Glencoe District High School, according to the elementary school’s principal.
“The Thames Valley District School Board is committed to ensuring that Ekcoe Central Public School is a safe learning and working environment for students, staff and the Glencoe community,” said Ekcoe Central Principal Jennifer Richards. “As such, it is important to allow TVDSB Facilities Services staff and independent consultants as much time as necessary to ensure the school is thoroughly remediated before it is reopened.
“TVDSB also believes that it is equally important that Ekcoe Central students begin their school year as soon as possible.”
A statement from Richards said that changes are being made at Glencoe District High School–such as ensuring full supervision of both groups of students and separate washrooms for elementary students–to make the transition as seamless as possible. Classrooms are also being “transformed” to “bright and lively temporary leaning environments.”
Richards said that updates would continue to be posted on the school’s website, as well as on social media and through recorded telephone messages.
Full statement from Ekcoe Central Public School Principal Jennifer Richards
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This message is to inform you that Ekcoe Central Public School will remain closed on Thursday, September 8, 2016 while remediation work continues at the school.
Ekcoe Central students will begin their first day of classes at Glencoe District High School (3581 Concession St. Glencoe ON~N0L 1M0) on Friday, September 9, 2016.
The Thames Valley District School Board is committed to ensuring that Ekcoe Central Public School is a safe learning and working environment for students, staff and the Glencoe community.
As such, it is important to allow TVDSB Facilities Services staff and independent consultants as much time as necessary to ensure the school is thoroughly remediated before it is reopened.
TVDSB also believes that it is equally important that Ekcoe Central students begin their school year as soon as possible.
Teachers, support staff and administration from both schools are working diligently to transform available classrooms at GDHS into bright and lively, temporary learning environments suitable for our elementary students.
Ekcoe students and staff will occupy dedicated areas of the high school and staff from both schools will ensure that students are fully supervised at all times. Additional supervision will be provided, along with separate washrooms for Ekcoe students.
Start and end times for both schools will remain unchanged. Further details will be provided tomorrow.
Evidence of mould was first discovered in the school in late August and, after remediation measures were taken, air testing indicated the school was safe to occupy. However, evidence of the possibility that mould could still exist in the school was discovered Tuesday and Ekcoe Central Public School was immediately closed.
Updates for parents will be posted daily on the school website, Twitter, Facebook, Remind and through recorded telephone messages.
We appreciate the understanding and ongoing support of parents and the Glencoe community.
Jennifer Richards, Principal
Ekcoe Central Public School