UPDATE: While crews continue to thoroughly assess buildings, and because weather conditions continue to present challenges to travel, ALL schools will remain closed, Friday, March 1, 2019.
ORIGINAL POST: All Springfield Public Schools are closed, Thursday, Feb. 28, after the auxiliary gym roof of Thurston High School has been compromised due to heavy snow. Following several days of unusual snowfall, an alert custodian identified a concern in the auxiliary gymnasium at Thurston High School, while facilities and maintenance crews responded to assess the situation, a large beam in the gym roof gave way and collapsed. Thankfully, there were no injuries.
At this time, the district is working with a contractor and reaching out to structural engineers to assess any potential additional concerns. While there is no indication of other areas of concern, out of an abundance of caution all buildings will be assessed for safety.
Additional information will be available tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 28, following greater assessment of the situation.