Students will be able to settle into classes at Ekcoe Central Public School next Monday, nearly three weeks after the school year officially began.
In a note addressed to parents and guardians on Tuesday, Principal Jennifer Richards announced that students will be able to return to the site on September 26th following a “thorough remediation process”.
The start of the school year was delayed thanks to the discovery of substances that encourage the growth of mould just before classes were to begin on September 6th. Then after pushing the start of the school year back a few days, the board announced that Ekcoe Central Public School students would begin classes at nearby Glencoe District High School beginning September 9th.
Richards says occupational health and safety consultants have verified the school is safe to occupy and that parent representatives, employee representatives, Thames Valley District School Board staff members, and the Middlesex-London Health Unit have all viewed the site.
The note also detailed the process of returning to Ekcoe Central:
Ekcoe Central teachers will be provided opportunities to return to the school in phases over the coming days to prepare their individual classrooms.
TVDSB staff from Facilities Services and Information Technology Services will test equipment and ensure that all technology is functioning.
Transportation services will return to regular routes and schedules on Monday, September 26, 2016.
Parents are reminded that Friday, September 23 is a Professional Development day for staff. As such, students will not be in attendance.
Parents, guardians and community members are invited to an open house at Ekcoe Central on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Reports by the occupational health and safety consultants are available to be viewed at the GDHS school office.
Richards also thanks the community for their patience and support during this unusual start to the school year.