When the heat was turned on this morning at Moody and Bielefield, some horizontal shifting of roof ice and snow occurred. This in turn caused the appearance of drywall cracking, and so both elementary schools were evacuated as a precaution. There was no evidence of structural issues, but extreme caution was exercised and the children were evacuated. A Honeywell Alert was sent out to both groups of parents, notifying them what happened.
Between the 11 school buildings in the district, there are one million square feet of roof to clear. The District has hired Turner Construction to remove all the snow and ice. Work started today on Woodrow Wilson, and all buildings will be cleared by Monday morning, even given the snow expected over the weekend. The BOE has also reached out to the National Guard for additional assistance in snow clearance. This request is still pending.
To repeat: according to school officials, there was no significant danger to students today. The evacuations were conducted out of extreme caution for student safety. Should any new developments occur over the weekend, official school news updates are available here.