Update- Important message

Oct 12

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Wednesday, October 12 <> 8:30 pm

Dear Families,

I hope that everyone is safely at home or has plans to be so soon.

I just spent two hours walking our exterior and interior school grounds.  The school is intact and largely damage free in the sense that most rooms are fine, albeit water leaks from the roof.  Unfortunately, both wings of the building suffered damage from rising waters.  The entire Blue room, Violin Studio, old Resource room, and Primary closet are completely soaked and previously had standing water.  The Piano Studio, Spanish office, Middle School locker area, Upper School kitchen, and [possibly] Middle School also had standing water.   Our large playground also took a hit.  We lost our large center tree and two smaller ones.  More importantly, we lost a significant amount of surface fill.

We have contacted our insurance company and are expecting an adjustor to be on site tomorrow to [professionally] document everything.

Going forward, we will continue to aim for a start date of Monday, October 17 only if the boil advisory has been lifted by South Island PSD.  Under DHEC and DSS regulations, we cannot operate with a boil advisory in effect.

If we are able to open on Monday, the Blue room students will be combining with both Red and Purple classrooms.  Ashley S will join Purple and Marilee will join Red.  I have spoken to Ashley about the combination of students and she will be preparing a list and contacting Blue room families.

Violin lessons will be held in the Music Room.

Piano and guitar lessons will be held in the lobby.

Middle School can continue in their classroom with use of the Art Studio.  This may change based on what the adjustor discovers.

When cleaning/replacement work begins on the Upper School wing, Mudpuppies will join Moonshells, and all 3rd year students will join Manatees with one Lower El teacher.

All Spanish classes will be held in their respective classrooms during planned lesson times until further notice.

There will be no outdoor recess until all trees and limbs have been cleared, the equipment inspected, and fill added under drop zones.  I will be in discussions with Coach Ben about indoor recess and yoga.

Above all else, I am just so happy that all of our families and staff are safe. The rest can be managed. I hope to see everyone on Monday. If you need anything, please contact me!

With gratitude- Melinda

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