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Minchau School flood and relocation of students

Thu, 4 Jan, 2018

News item: Minchau School Flood

Over the winter break, Minchau School experienced significant flooding due to the cold weather. Clean-up and repairs are underway, but the school will not be ready for students to return to on January 8, 2018.

JANUARY 8 UPDATE: More information about transportation for Kindergarten students, student items and supplies, and school tours has been added. 


TEMPORARY RELOCATION AT JAN REIMER SCHOOL

Making sure students have safe and welcoming spaces to learn is our top priority. There are too many repairs needed at Minchau School, and it wouldn’t be safe to have students in the school while this work is going on.

Students will be temporarily relocated to Jan Reimer School (360 Orchards Boulevard SW), located in The Orchards community.

Because Jan Reimer School was hosting Shauna May Seneca staff and students during the first half of the school year, it is already set up to quickly accommodate students from Minchau. During the time students and staff are hosted at Jan Reimer School, they will have their own space for classes, just like they would at their school. 


TRANSPORTATION TO JAN REIMER SCHOOL

Transportation for Minchau students to Jan Reimer School will be provided while students are temporarily relocated.

STUDENTS WHO NORMALLY TAKE THE BUS TO MINCHAU SCHOOL

Students who normally take the bus will follow the same schedules, and the bus will be re-routed to Jan Reimer School instead of Minchau School.

  • Pick up times and locations will remain the same in the morning.
  • Drop off locations will remain the same after school, but students may arrive 10-15 minutes later due to travel times.

STUDENTS WHO NORMALLY WALK TO MINCHAU SCHOOL

Students who don’t normally take the bus and need transportation to and from Jan Reimer School will be picked up and dropped off daily at Minchau School. Staff will be at Minchau School to help students get on and off the bus safely.

  • Pick up: Students will need to be at Minchau School by 8:00 a.m. for transportation to Jan Reimer School.
  • Drop off: Students will be dropped off between 3:45-3:50 p.m. at Minchau School.
  • Morning Kindergarten: Kindergarten students will need to be at Minchau School by 8:00 a.m. for transportation to Jan Reimer School; they will return to Minchau School between 11:40 and 11:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon Kindergarten: Kindergarten students will need to be at Minchau School by 11:30 a.m. for transportation to Jan Reimer School; they will return to Minchau School between 3:45 and 3:50 p.m.

EARLY DISMISSAL ON THURSDAY

All students taking the bus on Thursday afternoon will arrive back at Minchau School for early dismissal between 2:35 and 2:40 p.m.

STUDENTS WHO NORMALLY GET DROPPED OFF AT MINCHAU SCHOOL

Families who usually drop their child off at Minchau and would prefer to drive students to Jan Reimer are welcome to do so. If you choose to drive your child to the school, please note the appropriate entrance, exit and drop off lanes.

If you would prefer for your child to take the bus to Jan Reimer School, they will need to be at Minchau School by 8:00 a.m. and will arrive back at Minchau School between 3:45-3:50 p.m.

If you have questions about transportation, call Student Transportation at 780-429-8585.


STUDENT ITEMS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES 

Student items, such as indoor shoes and school supplies, were packed up with the other classroom items and will be at Jan Reimer School on Monday.

You do not need to buy new indoor shoes and school supplies for your child. Items left on boot racks will be available in the Jan Reimer School office for students to pick up.


SCHOOL TOURS

Parents are welcome to tour Jan Reimer School on:

  • Monday, January 8 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 9 at 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. 

TIMELINES FOR REPAIRS 

Right now, we believe repairs and clean up will take 10 to 12 weeks to complete. We will provide updates on when students can expect to be back at Minchau School once we have more information.


MORE INFORMATION

Check SchoolZone for updates. 

If you have any other questions, call Minchau School at 780-461-0616.