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School Fire Update - December 17, 2019

As you are aware, there was a fire at Centennial School that started in the early hours of
December 9, 2019. It was a small electrical fire that started in classroom eight (8). Classroom
eight, grade 4-5N, was severely damaged and the remainder of the school was affected by
smoke except for the portable classrooms. The portable classrooms are separated by an exterior
wall and they are on a separate ventilation system.

Our preliminary information was that students and staff could possibly return to Centennial
School on January 6, 2020. Unfortunately, upon further investigation by remediation experts it
was determined that the situation is complicated by the presence of asbestos in the drywall joint
compound and in the suspended ceiling tiles. This means that the remediation work will involve
the disturbance of building finishes and must be undertaken following High Risk Asbestos
Abatement Procedures. This will slow down the necessary remediation work.

Classroom eight will require complete gutting and restoration. The remainder of the school will
require remediation to deal with the smoke damage. All of this work must be undertaken in
accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Asbestos Guidelines.

Centennial School will not be ready for the return of students and staff by January 6, 2020.
Therefore, in consultation with the Principal and Division administration it was decided that on January 6, 2020 K to 3 Centennial School students will be relocated to Clear Vista School. The grades 4 to 8
Centennial School students will be relocated to the C.B. McMurdo Centre. Both facilities are
adjacent to each other which will minimize the disruption to the transportation of students.

We are currently working on ordering student and staff materials and supplies. We are also
addressing the transportation of students who normally walk to Centennial School to their
relocation sites.

View:  Centennial School Fire Update December 17, 2019

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