Flood keeps school partially closed

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A WIGAN school for disabled children will remain partially closed until late next week due to flooding.

It was hoped that Special Educational Needs centre Hope School would re-open tomorrow after the problem forced it to close this week.

The flood water has contaminated a lot of surface areas and equipment with which it has come into contact, including floor surfaces

Sue Lucas

Parents and carers were notified on Friday of the issue with Wigan Council and Unitied Utilities hoping everything would be back to normal sooner rather than later.

But the problem, triggered by a drainage problem on a nearby street, is worse than expected and headteacher Sue Lucas has written to parents to say that certain facilities have been “damaged beyond repair”.

It means that parts of the school are not expected to open any earlier than December 17,

“As you are aware parts of the school have been flooded by a local sewer main,” wrote Mrs Lucas.

“The flood water has contaminated a lot of surface areas and equipment with which it has come into contact, including floor surfaces. There could, therefore, be a significant health risk of the affected areas until the cleansing team have completed their treatment process.

“In addition, a lot of work will be required to replace materials, resources and all equipment including standing frames, communication aids etc that cannot easily be decontaminated as well as items damaged beyond repair.

“Therefore, in order to protect children and staff certain parts of the school will have to remain closed for at least until December 17.”

The issue means that the annual visit of players from Wigan Athletic players delivering presents – due to take place this Thursday – has been cancelled.

Parents are being asked to check the school’s website for details of classes that will be back in school before the end of term.

Mrs Lucas added: “As you will appreciate, we are working extremely hard to ensure we can accommodate all pupils as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible on our own site.

“I apologise for the inconvenience that this has caused but I am sure you will agree that the health, safety and well-being of your children is paramount to us all.

“Please do not hesitate to contact school if you have any further questions.”