We wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone with the ongoing efforts to restore our school building after the fire that occurred on Saturday, January 21st in the school kitchen area. As previously reported, the fire did occur and was contained to a small storage area in our kitchen. What we did not know then was the damage that was caused by the fire, its heat, and soot. We have experienced significant electrical, mechanical and plumbing damage due to the fire and smoke.
The good news is that there is a very large amount of dedicated professionals working every day to get the school ready for our students to return on Monday, January 30th. We will be ready. Throughout this process, we have been in touch with the New York State Education Department, the New York State Health Department, and have many professionals in the building including plumbers, electricians, and multiple fire restoration/cleaning companies. Everyone has been working very hard to ensure that we can have a safe and clean environment for our students.
That being said, there will be some necessary but temporary changes that our students will experience upon their return on Monday. First, we will not have an operating kitchen for an estimated month long period and are making arrangements for viable alternatives. Fortunately, we will be able to provide a full breakfast and lunch for students and I have included a copy of next week’s menu for your convenience and review. Second, the cafeteria will also be off limits for approximately the entire next week’s timeframe. We have three multipurpose classrooms behind the cafeteria that can open up into one larger room space and this is the area that we will be utilizing as the temporary cafeteria, and temporary commons and study hall rooms until we return to normal. We will have established new traveling routes for students to get to the temporary cafeteria as well as travel throughout the building without the use of the cafeteria.
We want everyone to know that our entire school community is very grateful and proud to be a part of this community. The outreach and concern for the school has been remarkable. Starting with the first responders and local volunteer firemen, many who were current and past students, their response was immediate and helped to keep us from experiencing much greater damage and loss to the building.
The community as a whole has repeatedly reached out to offer help and assistance and it doesn’t go unnoticed. This type of care and concern for our children and school has always been a cornerstone of this community, and we as the school, are very lucky to be a part of it. I want everyone to be rest assured that everything will be ok and that we are working, and will continue to work, to provide a safe and academically friendly environment for our students, their families, faculty and staff.
As always, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or concerns at (518)569-2311, or firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 586-4693, or email@example.com .
Philip H. Mero, Principal
AuSable Valley Middle School