January 5, 2022
Dear Parents and School Community Members,
I am writing to provide further information about this morning’s emergency closing. A major water pipe at Valley View broke overnight and caused flooding throughout the building. The initial plan was to keep Bayberry open and move to remote instruction at Valley View, but we were subsequently advised by the county education office that we could not count a remote instructional day at Valley View toward the required 180-day school year. The county superintendent recommended that we close both schools and use an emergency closure day, because creating separate calendars for our two schools would create problems for our staff and families.
Our crew has repaired the broken water pipe and has been working hard to clean up the damage from the flooding. Unfortunately, it is unlikely we will be able to open the schools before Monday, but we will provide an update if anything changes. Meanwhile, we are including a link to the current district calendar, which contains information about the plan for making up emergency-closure days.
We will still be able to hold the board of education meeting in the Valley View APR tomorrow at 7:00 pm. Please remember that members of the public can join the meeting through Zoom. Information will be available on our website tomorrow.
In addition to the emergency closing, we received the results of our state-required water testing. Information about the results can be found on the district website on the Buildings and Grounds webpage. Please look for an email from our business administrator, Rich Pepe, with more information.
We will provide an update when we have more information to share. Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these circumstances.