Front door water issue update.
Dear Summit Heights Families,
As a follow up to the message I sent on Friday, I wanted to provide additional information about the water issue at our school. On Friday afternoon, it was discovered that the water in the front entrance was the result of a broken watermain. City of Toronto crews, TDSB staff and Toronto Firefighting Services were immediately notified to assist with repairs and clean up. At approximately 2:40 p.m., City of Toronto crews shut off the watermain which stopped water from collecting in the entrance and allowed those on site to assess the situation better and to plan for the necessary repairs.
When the City of Toronto shut off the watermain, this also resulted in our school no longer having water. As this was near the end of the day, students could continue with their normal routine but were instructed to use the washroom but not to flush. Our caretaker used buckets filled with water to flush the tanks manually to keep the toilets as clean as possible. Students had access to hand sanitizer and bottled water during this time.
Repairs begun yesterday and continue today. The crews are working to provide water to our school for Monday. At this moment, the front doors to our school remain closed.
For the time being, both Kindergarten classes are to line up by Exit 1A (the “side door” to Mr. Valdoria’s class) in the morning. These classes will be dismissed at that same location at the end of the day. On Monday morning we will assess both kindergarten classrooms for usability, and if needed, classes will be relocated to other areas of our school.
Ms. Bernstein & Ms. Eisen’s Grade 1 class will use Exit 2 for entry and exit until further notice.
Parents and visitors coming to our building are to call our main phone line, 416-395-2920, and access the building at Exit 2 (on our playground).
As progress is made on the repairs at the front of our school, more information will be shared. Please continue to monitor your email and our Twitter account(@SummitHeightsPS) for more updates.
I would like to thank the City of Toronto, Toronto Firefighting Services and TDSB Facility Services staff for responding to the situation so quickly, and to our own staff for their care of our students and professionalism. The response and cooperation from everyone on Friday was exceptional.
This was an unexpected challenge and I’m proud to say that we worked cooperatively to manage the situation effectively. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Mr. B. Mah,