McAuliffe Charter School Will Be Closed Monday, As Clean-Up Continues

FRAMINGHAM – The Christa McAuliffe Charter School will be closed on Monday, February 24.

The school suffered water damage when sprinklers went off on Valentine’s Day in the early morning hours.

The school was closed on February 14, the day before the school vacation break.

Students were to have returned on Monday, but now will return on Tuesday.

“My team and I have been working diligently since the incident occurred in the early morning of Friday, February 14 to deal with the unexpected damage and to plan for cleaning, repair, and problem solving related to the impact on our school program and operations,” said Kristin Harrison in an email to families of the public middle school today, February 21.

“We are relocating four of our classrooms into temporary spaces in the currently vacant property (135 Newbury Street) which is adjacent to the school and owned by the Christa McAuliffe Charter School Foundation. McAuliffe professionals will use Monday, February 24 to prepare the temporary classroom spaces for teaching and learning. Our goal is for the school to reopen to students on Tuesday, February 25,” said Harrison.

“However, we are working with a very tight timeline to gain a certificate of occupancy for the school to use the temporary space and so there is a chance that the school will remain closed longer. We will communicate with families as soon as we possibly can to confirm opening on Tuesday, February 25 or to alert you of any delays. I recognize that the news of having no school on Monday and potentially longer is quite disruptive to families. We are doing everything we can to open school on Tuesday and have full support from the professionals we are working with and the City of Framingham,” said Harrison.

This will extend the school year by two more days, in addition to the one snow day this year.

The Charter School is working with Framingham Public Schools to provide busing for those two additional days, but it has not been finalized.

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