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UPDATED: Storm Damaged White Hill Middle School to Reopen Tuesday

School was cancelled on Monday after While Hill Middle School experienced flooding and parts of the campus were covered in mud after the recent storms.

UPDATE: 2:44 p.m. White Hill Middle School will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 4, according to the Ross Valley School District emergency hotline.

In an e-mail to parents, White Hill Middle School Principal David Finnane explained what was addressed on Monday:

"The district has contracted with a full service restoration and recovery firm that has been working on our campus since early this morning. Water damaged areas have been assessed and work is underway to repair them. Classrooms have beenmoved to temporary locations on campus. The entire site has been raked, power washed, and cleaned – definitely a bonus during this otherwise challenging time. Save for the impacted classrooms and some areas in the office, things are looking terrific around here!"

 

UPDATE 11:58 a.m.:  Cleanup operations are continuing today at White Hill Middle School in Fairfax, which was damaged by water and mud from this weekend's storms.

The storm on Saturday night and Sunday morning damaged two art classrooms and two seventh-grade classrooms at the school, located at 101 Glen Drive, administrative assistant Maureen Moulton said this morning.

The administrative office and a staff room also sustained water damage, Moulton said.

The school has hired a company to clean up the damage, and will know later today if the school will reopen on Tuesday, Moulton said. An announcement will be posted on the school's website, she said.

White Hill Middle School serves approximately 600 students in
grades 6-8.

 

 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

This weekend’s stormy weather flooded part of the White Hill Middle School campus in Fairfax and covered the rest of it in mud, prompting school officials to cancel school on Monday, Dec. 3. 

White Hill Middle School Principal David Finnane sent an e-mail to parents on Sunday, Dec. 2, announcing the closure: 

“We experienced significant flooding in our 300 building classrooms (the office/classroom complex) and the part of the library while the rest of the campus has been covered in mud.  This morning’s rains helped wash away some of the mud on the walkways but we need a day to clean up the school and make arrangements to relocate rooms 301-302-303-304.”

Parents can call the Ross Valley School District school closure hotline, at 721-4751, on Monday afternoon for more information on the closure and plans for Tuesday.

“We will update the hotline when we have confirmed our plans for Tuesday but as of this time we are hopeful we can reopen school Tuesday morning,” Finnane wrote. “We don’t take closing school lightly and appreciate your patience as we work ensure the campus is safe and prepared for productive teaching and learning.”

The recent series of storms caused a scare in downtown San Anselmo when the creek approached the critical 13-foot level on Sunday morning and officials blasted the San Anselmo flood siren.

Fortunately, as the rain stopped, the levels at both the San Anselmo Creek and Fairfax Creek declined.

See other storm photos and add your own here.

Another Ross Valley School District school, Wade Thomas School, was closed on Friday due to a storm-related power outage. 

- Bay City News contributed to this report

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