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Article: Important Update Regarding Brick Siding at Colerain Elementary

Important Update Regarding Brick Siding at Colerain Elementary

Colerain Elementary School with scaffolding erected at the front door of the building


May 17, 2024 

NWLSD Staff, Families and Community Members, 
On Monday, May 13, 2024, a section of brick on Colerain Elementary’s building separated from the structure on the front entrance of the school that sits along the corner of Poole Rd and Springdale Rd. As you know, the building is over 100 years old and the steel holding the brick to the concrete structure is failing. Engineers have been able to confirm that this incident has only affected the exterior walls of the building, and there has been no compromise to the structural integrity of the school itself. 
NWLSD has also been working with the Colerain Fire Department, Hamilton County Building Department, and architects to determine how to mitigate the situation through the end of the school year. Per their assessment, the building remains safe for both our staff and students to continue their daily activities without interruption. However, as an added precautionary measure, the District has implemented safety measures to ensure the well-being of everyone entering and exiting the building. Scaffolding has been erected at both the Poole Rd. and Springdale Rd. entrances, providing a protective barrier while still allowing for safe passage. Additionally, a barricade has also been installed 30-feet from the building to offer an extra layer of safety, for those who may enter onto school grounds. The District has also removed the window ac units from two classrooms on the Springdale Rd side of the building to prevent increased damage in case a falling brick strikes one. Windows in those classrooms will also be boarded shut to prevent glass damage. Portable air conditioning units have been placed in the rooms to maintain room temperatures.
Students will still have access to the playground area and equipment and outside classes like physical education or recess on the playground will still be possible for the remainder of the year. Because of how the building sits, engineers do not believe the area where the playground is located will experience falling or separating bricks. We have worked with the Colerain Elementary Administrative Team to make sure the erected barricade and scaffolding will not impact the school’s arrival or dismissal procedures. 
Please rest assured that the safety and security of our students, staff, and families remain our utmost priority. We will continue to work diligently to address this issue and keep the community informed of any further developments.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the District if you have any questions or concerns. Together, we will navigate this situation with the utmost care and diligence.
Northwest Local School District Administration

protective fencing

Scaffolding erected at a side entrance on Colerain Elementary

Scaffolding erected at the side entrance of Colerain Elementary

Bricks that have fallen to the ground off of Colerain Elementary's building

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