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August 15, 2019 Fire Damage Update

Hello parents and families of CHSPS!

I want to start by saying, once again, a sincere thank you to all of the fire fighters (which includes some parents) for their fine work in protecting our school when a fire broke out on the roof last night (Wednesday, August 14).

Here is what we currently know:

Fire inspectors, structural engineers, electrical engineers, air quality specialists and other people will be visiting the school to inspect all aspects of the facility. They will help us determine the extent of damage and the repairs that are needed. Our preliminary information indicates that the fire was contained mostly to the roof of the elementary wing. The interior of the elementary area has suffered water damage. The entire school smells like smoke.

Over the next few days we will support the investigators in doing their work and begin to put plans in place for making the necessary repairs, based on their findings. Timelines for repair should become clear next week. The safety of students and staff is always our first consideration.

Right now, our expectations for the first day of school on September 3 are:

The high school and junior high sections of the school should be available for use, as long as we can ensure the air quality is acceptable. We will have a plan for elementary students.

A lot of things can happen in a few weeks, so our plans will evolve as classrooms are cleaned and repaired. We will continue to share updates through our School Messenger program and our school website as new information becomes available.

If you’ve got questions you’d like us to address, please be in touch with me by email (wklassen@brsd.ab.ca). In addition, if you have photos or video of the fire itself, we’d love to see them. Please send them to dhutchinson@brsd.ab.ca.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this process. I know there are going to be moments of challenge and inconvenience, but we will get through them together. 

Sincerely,

William Klassen, Principal

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