Update: Greenwich Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones and North Mianus School principal Angela Schmidt wrote to families on Saturday to say that the school will move to full remote next week (Feb 15-19) following February break.
They explained that on Saturday morning a pipe burst at the school which led to flooding on much of the front side of the first floor, as well as on the second floor near the media center along with the media center itself.
The added that the facilities team and Fire Dept were on the scene immediately and were working through the weekend to assess the damage and plan for the necessary repairs.
“While the team assesses the level of damage, we will also begin preparing a plan for potential alternate locations for in-person learning as it is highly likely that the assessment will not allow a return to the building while repairs are being made,” they said in the parent email.
Original story: At about 8:30am on Saturday, one of the ceilings in a North Mianus School 4th grade classroom collapsed as the result of a water leak.
A sprinkler alarm was activated and Greenwich Fire Dept responded.
Fortunately, the incident took place while school was not in session.
Monday is a Presidents Day and there is no school. The district has not yet announced plans for Tuesday.
There is flood damage to several rooms in the building including the media center and homerooms for 1st, 4th and 5th grades.
The incident is a flashback to a flood at Cos Cob School in October 2018. In that case, Kindergarten relocated to Parkway School, Grades 1-2 relocated to Old Greenwich School, and Grades 3-5 remaining at Cos Cob School on the unaffected third floor. The disruption lasted three months. Afterward, then Superintendent Ralph Mayo referred the dispersal as the longest field trip ever.
Coincidentally, the principal at Cos Cob School, Gene Schmidt, is married to the principal of North Mianus School, Angela Schmidt.
The collapse is being investigated.
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.