Education

Park Forest Middle School canceled again

Exterior picture of Park Forest Middle School PFMS October 23, 2016.
Exterior picture of Park Forest Middle School PFMS October 23, 2016. SCASD

Park Forest Middle School was flooded due to heavy rain last week, and it has meant an extended weekend for students.

That weekend just got longer.

Tuesday classes have been canceled at the middle school while other schools in the district continue to operate normally.

Reports of the flooding first reached the district around midnight on Thursday. Contractors and district maintenance, according to SCASD, worked throughout the weekend to prepare the affected areas for students and faculty but have not been able to finish.

All of the standing water has been removed, but several large fans and dehumidifiers are still running, generating far too much noise to accommodate classes.

Damage in the impacted areas was limited to the flooring and behind the walls, with equipment and furnishings escaping mostly unscathed. Any affected surfaces have also been disinfected.

Any updates regarding Park Forest’s status for Wednesday are expected to be made by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. It has not yet been determined how the missed school days will be made up.

SCASD will have a press conference at 2:30 p.m.

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