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CB Elementary school’s back in session at Oak Grove Baptist Church

Just ten days after the fire, Colonial Beach Elementary School re-opened on Wednesday, January 15, at its regular time at Oak Grove Baptist Church. An Open House was held on Tuesday, January 14, at the church from 3:00-6:00 p.m. to update parents on the new location.

School staff said that children who normally walk to school would be included in bus pick-ups, and parents were instructed to check the school’s website for the location of the nearest bus stop.

The Colonial Beach School Board voted unanimously at their work session on January 8 to begin preparations to resume classes for Pre-K through grade 5 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

School officials received offers from several non-profits, neighboring school systems and Riverboat on the Potomac, as well, to house the students temporarily. The best option presented to the school board was the Oak Grove Baptist Church, which already has exactly the number of needed classrooms available.

Four options were presented by school staff to the school board: Oak Grove Baptist Church; the old King George Middle School; utilizing multiple locations around town; or holding staggered classes at the High School on First Street in town.

King George Middle School has been vacant for almost six years and would require a great deal of preparation to be utilized again. The options of splitting the children to utilize multiple locations would cause too much disruption for children and staff, and staggered classes would cost a considerable amount of money to implement, and school officials feared it would generally disrupt family life.

School staff has been working all week since the meeting to move supplies, records and other needed materials. Principal Mary Fisher stated that the teachers have been planning for this and have addressed all issues that have come up.

Many of the records are available electronically, and those will be accessible at the new location. Nursing will be available at all times, either by the staff nurse on hand, or kids can be transported to nearby Washington District School a half-mile away.

The phone systems are in place, and the numbers for the elementary school remain the same. Staff can be reached at the Oak Grove Baptist Church at the regular school numbers 804-224-9897 or 804-224-2727.

—Linda Farneth

 

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