After a week-long school closure last month due to a water leak and flood, Cos Cob School students returned to school on October 15, with 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 reconstruction project remains on schedule for completion in time to return grades K-2 classrooms to the school over the Holiday Recess, and for students to return to their classrooms following the break.
Sheetrock installation has been completed on the second floor; and first floor sheetrock installation and second floor classroom painting has begun.
Crews will be working on Friday and Saturday this week.
Old Greenwich School absorbed four sections of Grade 1, and three sections of Grade 2 into five classrooms. Cos Cob School’s Grade 1 classrooms, with 15-16 students in each section, were combined into two classrooms with two teachers per classroom, maintaining the teacher to student ratio in a co-teaching model. In order to provide five classrooms for Cos Cob School for the short-term, Old Greenwich School displaced band, Spanish, Science lab, Computer lab and English Language Learning classes.
As the only school in the District with enough space on the ground floor to absorb the full Cos Cob School Kindergarten, Parkway School is hosting Cos Cob School’s four Kindergarten classes. By State Statute, Kindergarten and first grade classrooms must be located on the ground floor of the building. In order to provide classroom space for Cos Cob School, Parkway displaced instrumental band, English Language
Learning, Science, Spanish, and Advanced Learning Program classes that shared three of the classrooms. Parkway also gave up their Maker Space in the Media Center to use for the fourth Cos Cob School classroom.
While not optimal, as a short-term solution, instruction for the displaced classes at Parkway and Old Greenwich Schools is currently being delivered as a push-in model, and/or finding space in conference rooms, classrooms and other areas while not in use during the day’s schedule.