Althea Scatliffe school building closed because of structural issues
The Ministry of Education has decided to suspend the use of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School building in Road Town after a report outlined challenges to the structural integrity of the edifice.
In a statement released today, the Ministry indicated that an inspection was conducted on the school and they received the yesterday.
The statement noted that the report recommended for authorities to suspend use of the building immediately.
“Based on this information, the Ministry agrees that the best option is to err on the side of caution by prioritising the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. As such, a decision has been made to close the building effective Friday, 17th June 2022 at 4:30 p.m. until further notice to ensure the safety of all,” the statement said.
“This morning the principal, faculty, and staff of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School were notified of this decision. Additionally, correspondence from the ministry was also shared with the principal to issue to parents urgently,” it continued.
The ministry has advised the principal to remove all personal items from the building. Additionally, the ministry will make arrangements with the principal to secure furnishings and student documents.
All events that were scheduled to take place in the building will now have to relocate.
In late October of last year, a classroom ceiling at the primary school had caved in. No one was hurt in the incident but Education Minister at the time, Dr Natalio Wheatley indicated that the ceiling tiles and the infrastructure that holds up the tiles were compromised.
In February of this year, Dr Wheatley noted the assessment on the roof was completed and the issue was resolved.
However, he had noted major work needed to be done on the structure. He said he hoped works could be done this summer.