Fort Lewis Elementary School in Roanoke County will be closed Friday for roof repairs.
A structural engineer, who inspected the roof after a section caved in December, identified seven other areas where there is potential for deficient roof trusses. Those portions of the roof are scheduled to be repaired Friday through Sunday.
Conferences will still be held on Monday, Feb. 1st unless there is inclement weather.
Reporter Courtney Cutright has more on this story.
The following is a letter from Central Office regarding the closing:
Dear Fort Lewis Elementary School Parent and/or Guardian:
As you are aware, the roof structure in the cafeteria and kitchen at Fort Lewis Elementary School collapsed as the result of the excessive amount of weight from recent snowfall. We anticipate having all of the construction in the kitchen and cafeteria areas completed near the end of February which will allow our students to resume their regular daily routine, and we appreciate your patience during this re-construction.
Because of concern with the remaining roof in the 1996 addition to the building, we commissioned a structural engineer to analyze all of the roof trusses to ensure the safety of the building. Upon the completion of his inspection, he identified seven areas in the new addition of the building that had possible deficiencies in the construction of the roof.
Even though the Roanoke County Office of Building Safety has reported the structure as safe, as a precaution to ensure the safety of our students and staff, we feel it is necessary to take immediate action to remedy the situation. The Roanoke County Building Commissioner has issued a permit to have these roof areas repaired on Friday, January 29th through Sunday, January 30th. Due to the noise associated with the construction to repair the roof in these areas, school will be cancelled at Fort Lewis Elementary School on Friday, January 29th. Upon the successful inspection of the roof construction, we anticipate reopening the building on Tuesday, February 2st for normal school operations
We appreciate your understanding in canceling school on Friday, but believe the building modifications are immediately necessary to ensure a safe learning environment for all of our students and faculty.
Martin W. Misicko, Ed.D.
Director of Operations & Construction