Students, staff returning to NDDHS on Monday as partial power restored

NDDHS sits quiet and empty on Wednesday, May 1, the second day it was closed after an electrical fire on Monday night, April 29. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Bring lunches, snacks, students told

MAPLE RIDGE — With power partially restored at North Dundas District High School late yesterday afternoon, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) says that staff and students will be back this Monday — even if full power still isn’t available by then.

“Some rooms may remain offline but we have contingency plans in place,” the board said in a Facebook post yesterday.

An electrical fire on Monday night prompted the closure of the school for four consecutive days this week as contractors and maintenance workers toiled to bring power back online.

Because it’s not certain they will manage to have the building fully powered up by Monday, the cafeteria won’t be in operation, according to the board. Students will need to bring their own lunches and snacks from home.

“Everyone has been working diligently and co-operatively to restore full power to the school so that our students and teachers can return to the facility and get back to what matters most, which is providing an environment for students to be successful in their learning,” said UCDSB School Superintendent David Coombs, who wouldn’t hazard a guess on what it’s costing the board to fix the problem at NDDHS “as repairs are ongoing.”

The work of education didn’t cease with the school shut down this week, according to Coombs. “Thanks to modern technology, teachers and students have been in contact with each other this week regarding assignments so that some, albeit modified, learning and instruction has been able to occur.”

 

 

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