Lawrence High School was shut down Tuesday after its electrical systems became in danger of failing and will remain closed for about two months, according to the superintendent.
Superintendent Gary Schall explained in a letter on the district’s website that Superstorm Sandy significantly impacted Lawrence High School.
“Over the winter break, crews worked 24/7 to clear the crawl space (the area beneath our building) of all remaining debris and mounds of displaced soil and sand,” he wrote. “As this occurred, a more in-depth assessment of our electrical system became possible. The preliminary engineer reports received today show evidence that our electrical systems have the potential to become inoperable.”
School for all students of the district has been canceled tomorrow. On Thursday, when school resumes, high school students will be relocated to Lawrence Middle School, fifth graders will be re-located to the Number Five School and sixth graders will be re-located to the Number Two School.
Bus transportation will be provided as usual and there will be new temporary drop-off locations, according to the letter. High school students are being asked to take the bus to the middle school or be dropped off, as no parking will be available.
The districts will hold informational meetings on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the middle school.
“Our families, especially our children, have gone through extraordinary life experiences since Sandy,” Schall wrote. “Once again, we are called upon to come together, be resilient and to lean on each other as Lawrence Family.”