According to a press release from Greenwich Public School Director of Communications Kim Eves, Julian Curtiss School (JCS) will remain closed on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 due to a ruptured coil in a classroom radiator.
JCS was initially reported closed due to a water main break, however upon inspection of the school, the source was determined to be a radiator located in a second floor, 5th grade classroom (#27)
JCS will be closed again tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 pending environmental testing results. This will provide an opportunity for further environmental cleaning.
District Facilities staff are working with the Town’s Building Department and the District contracted Environmental Hygienist to ensure that they have addressed all health and safety concerns before re-opening the building for students and staff. The Superintendent will determine if the school can be re-opened on Wednesday, January 8th by the end of the day tomorrow (Tuesday, January 7, 2014)
Once the initial environmental cleaning has been completed, rooms 9 and 27 have been closed off, and the building has received environmental clearance, the school will be re-opened. Students from the two impacted classrooms will be relocated within the building until after the Winter Recess in February. The abatement and reconstruction work of these two impacted classrooms will be conducted over the Winter Recess.
JCS custodial staff upon opening school discovered the ruptured coil in classroom #27 this morning, January 6th. All schools had been checked on Friday and Saturday for any potential problems after Friday's snowstorm. The coil rupture at JCS is thought to have occurred some time late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
The ruptured coil released water and steam into the classroom, which leaked through to the 1st grade classroom (#9) below and spread to the main office and principal's office adjacent to the classroom on the first floor.
The District’s Facilities staff was on hand immediately to begin clean up. The Town's Building Department and the District’s contracted Environmental Hygienist were also on site early this morning to begin an immediate assessment of the extent of the water damage, and to begin planning for repair. Additionally, the Environmental Hygienist has conducted airborne and surface testing throughout the wing of the school where the water leak occurred. Testing will be completed and the building will receive clearance before students will be permitted to return.
Students are required to complete 180 days of school before June 30, 2014. Any plans to make up the days missed this week will be established after the school is re-opened and the total number of days missed are known.