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Officials: School resumes for Cos Cob students Monday

October 11, 2018

GREENWICH — District officials expect class to resume Monday for Cos Cob students after Greenwich Public School officials closed the building for a week due to a broken pipe that caused extensive damages.

Administrators anticipate a full clean-up, remediation and restoration of the school will take until the end of December, officials announced Thursday evening.

Cos Cob’s before-school and after-school care will remain in place for parents who need to drop off their children early, Principal Gene Schmidt said.

The school building will function as the bus stop for kindergarten students, who will be relocated to Parkway, and first- and second-graders, who will go to Old Greenwich, Schmidt said.

Kindergarten students will board a bus for Parkway at 7:50 a.m. and first- and second-graders will board a bus for Old Greenwich at 8 a.m. Buses will depart the host schools at 2:50 p.m., and the Parkway bus will arrive around 3:15 p.m. and the Old Greenwich bus around 3:05 p.m.

The three buses will be color-coded and will have lists with first and family names and phone numbers so administrators can ensure every child gets on the right bus, Schmidt said.

Teachers and paraprofessionals will ride with kids to their host schools, where either Schmidt or assistant principal Michael Reid will greet them.

The host schools will have a coffee hour for parents of K-2 students this Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

The leak did not impact the third floor of Cos Cob, which has classrooms for fourth and fifth-grade as well as Spanish. Third-grade students will join fourth- and fifth-graders on the third floor, taking over Spanish classrooms.

Teachers requested the move for third-graders be permanent to minimize disruption, Schmidt said.

A plumbing fixture broke in the second floor art room over the weekend, affecting a dozen rooms on the first and second floors. Officials shuttered the school Sunday night after assessing the leak and announced Tuesday it would remain closed through at least Friday.

Meantime, parents rely on the Both the Boys and Girls Club and YWCA Greenwich, both of which have offered free, full-day programs through Friday.

The YWCA cared for about 40 kids Thursday, up from 20 Wednesday, Director of Communications Joan Mockler said. The Boys and Girls Club, with the help of additional staffing, Cos Cob teachers and school paraprofessionals, hosted 117 students Thursday, up from 102 Wednesday, CEO Bobby Walker Jr. said.

Parents have sent the club emails thanking staff for taking in their children, Walker said.

“It validated the work my staff is doing,” Walker said.

The club relieved the Cos Cob principal’s burden.

“We wouldn’t have survived without without their assistance,” Schmidt said.

The YWCA can accommodate about 120 students safely, Mockler said. The Boys and Girls Club can accommodate up to 500 students in total, including its average daily after-school attendance of 330, Walker said.

Both programs open at 8:30 a.m., and the YWCA ends at 6 p.m. while the Boys and Girls Club ends at 5 p.m.

jo.kroeker@hearstmediact.com

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