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Sturgis West at Hyannis Resort & Conference Center for next 9 days
Disaster Specialists trucks sit outside the Sturgis Charter School's "Sturgis West" campus. The campus received critical damage over the weekend from a broken irrigation pipe. Photo courtesy of Sturgis Charter Public School.

Students from Sturgis West Charter School in Hyannis will attend school at the Hyannis Resort and Conference Center for the next nine days, according to an email from Sturgis Community Outreach Coordinator Marion Weeks.  

An irrigation pipe burst this past weekend causing Sturgis West (and East) to close for today. As a result of excellent problem-solving and teamwork by many Sturgis colleagues, the Hyannis Fire Department, and a Disaster Specialist Company, what could have been catastrophic damage to the building has been lessened dramatically.

We have procured the use of the Resort and Conference Center as our temporary Sturgis West building for the next nine days to allow for the rebuilding of Sturgis West. Our faculty and staff have worked with remarkable speed and incredible spirit to transform the Resort and Conference Center over the past three days to become our new temporary home.

The entire text of Sturgis' Executive Director Paul Marble's letter to Sturgis West parents and students appears below:

December 12, 2016

Dear Sturgis West Students and Parents,

As you know, an irrigation pipe burst this past weekend causing Sturgis West (and East) to close for today. As a result of excellent problem-solving and teamwork by many Sturgis colleagues, the Hyannis Fire Department, and a Disaster Specialist Company, what could have been catastrophic damage to the building has been lessened dramatically.

We have procured the use of the Resort and Conference Center as our temporary Sturgis West building for the next nine days to allow for the rebuilding of Sturgis West. Our faculty and staff have worked with remarkable speed and incredible spirit to transform the Resort and Conference Center over the past three days to become our new temporary home.

Below are some guidelines to help during our transition:

What do we do on Tuesday, December 13th?

·  Students should come to West as they normally would.

·  Students should then collect any essential supplies and materials needed through winter vacation from lockers.

·  Students then proceed by foot to Hyannis Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Ave.  

·  Staff will be monitoring the foot traffic to ensure safety.

What are the school hours for the next two weeks?

·  Start time will be 8:20 as usual.  End time will be 3:00 though the end of the calendar year.

How will students know where to go? 

·  Students will meet with their advisors at the beginning of the day on Tuesday to receive their schedules and a map; review logistics, expectations and norms; and take a tour of our temporary facilities.

What about lunch?

·  Bring lunch. Refrigerators will be available.

·  Free/Reduced lunch and ordered lunches will be delivered to Resort + Conference Center. 

·  Students will have the same amount of time for lunch and the same "open campus" privileges, although students will only be allowed in defined Sturgis areas supervised by Sturgis faculty within the Resort and Conference Center.

·  There will be no club pizza sales throughout our stay at the Resort.

·  Our same rules continue to apply regarding crossing the street.  Students can walk through the Sturgis parking lot and take the walking route along West Main Street as usual.

How do I contact the school?

·  Parents can call the main phone number of Sturgis West - (508) 771-2780 - and Verizon will patch the call through to our temporary main office at the Resort and Conference Center. Maureen Starr or another Sturgis West staff member will answer your call.

What about "drive in" and "drop off"?

·  Starting tomorrow afternoon, pick up and drop off will be at the Resort and Conference Center.  Students will enter through the Conference Center glass doors.

·  Students who drive to school may park in either the Sturgis West parking lot or the Resort and Conference Center parking lot. 

What about those students who take the bus?

·  Town of Barnstable busses will drop off and pick up students at the Resort and Conference Center, but CCRT needs to pick up and drop off at Sturgis West as usual. 

What about after school activities?

·  Sports will continue without interruption. No after school clubs will meet at the Resort and Conference Center nor at Sturgis West.  Information will be coming from club advisors.  

Please feel free to call tomorrow with any questions or concerns. We're looking forward to a great two weeks!

Sincerely,

Paul Marble

Executive Director

Sturgis has procured the use of the Resort and Conference Center as our temporary Sturgis West building for the next nine days to allow for the rebuilding of Sturgis West. 


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