WPS personnel and the Veolia Waste Water Management Company have been working around the clock since February 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm to rectify the sewage pipe problems for Weston Middle School. Unfortunately, the extent of the problem will require work through Friday and into the weekend.
Weston Middle School will be closed to all students and staff on Friday, February 22, 2019. The rest of the Weston Public Schools (HES, WIS and WHS) will have a normal, full day on Friday.
WMS students will not have school on Friday. Mr. Dan Doak, Principal, and Dr. Kenneth Craw, Assistant Superintendent, will work with other administrators for a plan to make up the lost school day at the end of the school year. (Per State Law, each school must be open a minimum of 180 days each school year.) We will keep families and students informed about plans. Please be assured we will not use March 18, 2019 or Spring Vacation to make up the lost day.
WMS faculty and 12-month staff will report to work on Friday for a full day. They will report to either the High School (grades 7 & 8 faculty) or WIS (grade 6 faculty). Mr. Doak will be sending out detailed plans later this afternoon or evening. (All other staff should not report to work.)
The cause of the sewage problem is a failure of proper waste water flow between the school and Zenon Plant. The specific problem has not yet been identified, nor has a final solution been implemented. We expect a solution by Monday, February 25, with announcements to go out to WMS families and staff by late Sunday.
All families and staff should be assured that the leak has been stopped and all affected areas have been fully remediated, with approval by the Westport/Weston Health District. Clean up and remediation procedures were done in accordance with state laws and requirements. The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has been kept informed. We are confident that WMS and the surrounding area is completely safe for all students and staff.
We appreciate your patience with this difficult situation. I want to thank the WMS and WHS administrators and staff, and all WPS facilities and maintenance staff, for the extra dedication these several days. They continue to work tirelessly to make sure we have a safe, healthy and effective learning environment for our middle school students.
Please look for an announcement from me by late Sunday as to the plans for Monday.