Vancouver elementary school forced to close for months due to flooding | PKBNEWS

Teachers at Sir James Douglas Elementary School in Vancouver have informed parents and students that the school will be closed for the foreseeable future due to flood damage.

In a letter obtained by PKBNEWS, Acting Principal Kevin Land said the school will be closed for “at least a few months” as frozen and burst water pipes cause significant damage.


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“The district administration team and staff are working over the winter break to determine an alternate location for the Douglas School Community,” Land said in an email.

“We work as fast as possible, however, there are many complexities to consider. We anticipate a delayed start to school because of this.

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Land said recent cold weather caused the flood damage and a catering company is already hard at work at the school.

Environment Canada officials said 60 to 120 millimeters of rain fell in Metro Vancouver early Wednesday.


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“I recognize that this extenuating circumstance is unfortunate and difficult for staff, students and families,” Land said.

“Our top priority is to set up the Douglas School Community in a temporary school location as quickly as possible.

The acting director said more information will be shared with parents as it becomes available.

PKBNEWS has contacted the Vancouver School Board for more information.

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