Did the cold snap cause any building issues for schools?
During school vacation periods - including extended vacation periods - we check all of our buildings on a regular basis. During the cold we did have an issue with a frozen pipe, which caused a boiler in one building to go down. This occurred at Addams Elementary School yesterday, Wednesday. As a result, we did need to cancel daycare and relocate the school-age snow day child care program to another building for the day. Today, we had another minor issue at Addams; it was resolved between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. (but, yes, I was notified of it and we were monitoring the situation carefully.)
How did the first day back go?
Today has gone as well as can be expected. I was at both Royal Oak Middle School and Addams Elementary at the start of the day today. I plan to be at a building at the end of the day as well. We did have an issue this morning with some sidewalks along private property near the middle school that had not been cleared. We are contacting the property owners to see how we can assist them in clearing their sidewalks.
I do want to thank the many community members who have done a great job clearing the sidewalks, providing a safe path for those of our students who do walk to and from school. I also want to thank and commend the City of Royal Oak staff members as well as those who provide services to Royal Oak Schools on their efforts to be sure our roads, parking lots and buildings are in as safe as condition as possible.