Submitted by RCAS
Rapid City Area Schools will resume normal scheduling on Wednesday October 9, 2013 with no early release. The normal daily schedule will be followed.
Update on infrastructure issues related to weekend snowstorm:
Access to Buildings
Snow-the last schools were cleared of all snow blocking entrances and parking lots this morning.
Tree Branches and Debris-Anything blocking entrances has been removed. We still have many tree branches that need to be dealt with on school property and playgrounds in certain areas. We will continue to assess the removal of the tree branches and debris while working on a long-term plan to clear everything from school property.
Safe Routes to School
Please plan routes to allow sidewalk access as available and please remind children to use caution when walking in the street when sidewalks are not clear.
Please tell children to stay away from downed power lines.
Please tell children to stay away and not play around fallen trees or debris.
We have communicated with and have all bus drivers and monitors available to cover all routes starting tomorrow.
We will use care on our Special Education routes that access residential areas if all the snow is not removed. We have been updated that snow removal has progressed very well in residential areas.
We had a number of schools yesterday that still did not have power restored.
Many of those schools had power restored today and the last one remaining without power is Grandview Elementary School. We have been notified that power will be restored later today.
We have restored most of our technology infrastructure now that electricity is available to most school sites. City School Administration Center infrastructure that has allowed internet and other services to be restored were in place this morning.
The production kitchens at East Middle School and North Middle School suffered extended power outages. The food in cold storage has all been discarded and we restocked those kitchens today to allow for lunch service tomorrow. We are able to offer a modified menu at all school sites tomorrow.
All but four elementary schools suffered power outages. All milk products have been discarded at those sites and been restocked.
Canyon Lake Elementary lost power and a sump pump failed which allowed water to enter the Boiler Room. With restored power the water has been pumped out and the Boiler has been restarted.
Wilson Elementary lost power and also suffered some minor water leaks in the Boiler Room.
North Middle School had a toilet run and not shut off the weekend and 1-2 inches of water was standing in several classrooms. The water has been cleaned up.
Many schools have roof damage from earlier hail storms. Water leaks from roofs occurred in numerous buildings. The worst was Central High School.
We have not completed a full assessment of the damage but no district buildings suffered any catastrophic damage. Now that we have provided for the resumption of school we will continue to work to remedy all issues. We do not, at this time, have any cost estimates associated with damage caused by this storm event.
We have been notified to expect periodic power outages. If this happens at a specific school we will keep students on-site and provide learning activities as possible.
We have been made aware of increased water release from Pactola so please remind children:
Do not go near water
Report debris build-up on roads and bridges
Do not use bridge under passes or walkways
Do not allow children to play near the moving water
We would like to thank the following agencies that worked with us through this storm event:
Rapid City-Pennington County Emergency Management
Pennington County Sheriff's Office
Rapid City Police Department
Rapid City Fire Department
Pennington County Search and Rescue
Pennington County Fire Service
Rapid City Mayor's Office
Please contact the Superintendent's Office of the Rapid City Area Schools for more information. You may call 394-4031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.