Monday, September 24, 2012

[Updated] Structural damage prompts evacuation at East 12th Street school building

The following notice went out this afternoon:

FROM: Notify NYC

Staff/Students of East Side Community School (420 E 12th St) will be relocated to PS 19 (185 1st Ave) 9/25 until further notice.

There isn't any other information at the moment on the school's website or Twitter feed... Currently, the school's entrance is blocked by caution tape... a hard hat at the scene said that they were "still trying to figure out" what happened...

The address is also home to the Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School. According to DNAinfo, students at Girls Prep were sent to P.S. 188 on East Houston.

More details as they become available...

Updated 7 p.m.:

Here's a message on the East Side Community School website from Principal Mark Federman...

As you may know, earlier today we experienced a structural issue concerning our school building. The building’s East wall (adjacent to the nearby church) was found to be separating from the rest of the structure. Experts from the city’s Department of Buildings and the School Construction Authority are still assessing the situation but we know for certain that extensive review and repairs are required to ensure the building’s safety before we may re-enter it.

For tomorrow (Tuesday), our school is relocating to nearby P.S. 19, located at 185 1st Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets. Students should arrive by 9am (and there will be a parent information session for parents who are able to attend.) High school students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm and middle school students will be dismissed at 3:30pm. Beacon is available tomorrow at P.S. 19 until 6 pm for families who cannot make other arrangements after school.

We will be located off-site on a day-to-day basis, until the building situation has been resolved. Please remember that school is out on Wednesday for the Yom Kippur holiday. For Thursday, our school may have a temporary home for the duration of the repair work. The temporary site will be determined shortly and as soon as I have that information, I will pass it along to all of you as well as hold an information session. The Department of Education will also be holding an informational session with parents and staff to discuss in more detail what happened at our building and the nature of the repairs required to allow our safe return.

DNAinfo noted that the discovery of the structural problems prompted school officials to evacuate the building.

DNAinfo has more on the story here.

Updated 9-25:
The account in the Post adds a little drama.

Some students ... said they felt desks shake just moments before school officials notified them of the structural damage.

Updated 2:45 p.m:

Here's the latest via DNAinfo:
"Beginning Thursday, students at Girls Prep Lower East Middle School will be housed in P.S. 158, located at 1458 York Avenue ... The East Side Community School will move to Norman Thomas High School at 111 E. 33rd Street.

Meanwhile, the DOB issued full vacate orders at the school ... as well as for the Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church next door ... and the adjacent Mary Help of Christians school on East 11th Street.

Both properties had been vacant. The church closed for good after mass on Sept. 9.

1 comment:

Shawn said...

DOB van is still there, working the situation, 8:40PM