Today our district staff consulted with the restoration company about our Gyms. Unfortunately, there is water and smoke damage to both Gyms, the change rooms, the PE office, and the weight room.
Although cleanup began quickly last night including powerful fans and air scrubbers, it is now clear we need to replace the floors in both Gyms. We are likely looking into at least the middle of January, possibly the end of the month before the space is usable again.
Fortunately, many of our PE classes are just about to start their Dance unit and will now use the Rotunda. Some PE classes will continue to use classrooms for the Health component of the course. Some PE classes may go outside, weather permitting.
For Athletics, we are working on finding Gym space for basketball practices and games. We’ve contacted the other secondary schools and our neighbourhood elementary schools to ask for Gym time and we’re getting lots of supportive replies. We’re very thankful for their help. We will also connect with other appropriate venues in Richmond.
All Gym rentals have been cancelled through to the middle of January.
Big thank you’s to our PE staff and coaches for making the best of this challenging situation. We’re definitely learning more about resilience in the face of adversity!