Mount Pleasant Academy transitioning to remote learning after pipe bursts

Sixty percent of the building was damaged, plus thousands of dollars in technology lost.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Unfortunately for one Rhode Island school, distance learning is all they’ll be able to do for a while, after their school was flooded by a broken pipe earlier this month.

Their director tells ABC 6, this certainly isn’t how he pictured going into their 20th year: with classrooms underwater, and chunks missing from the ceilings and walls.

“All of our classrooms are unusable,” said Executive Director Jeffrey Brusini. “Ceilings have been destroyed, walls were destroyed.”

It’s the result of a broken pipe inside the school on Chalkstone Avenue. It happened on the first weekend of August.

“One of our maintenance guys came in Sunday morning and texted me and said ‘You have a problem,’ recalled Brusini. “It was really catastrophic.”

Sixty percent of the building was damaged, plus thousands of dollars in technology lost.

“There’s no way we can have anybody in the building,” said Brusini.

The school was one of the first to re-open in Rhode Island back in June. They serve students with special needs and function year round.

An environmental cleanup crew has been there since August 2, but the building needs extensive work, meaning the students will have to once again go remote, at least until mid
September.

“This really was disruptive both to the program as a whole, and then to the kids again,” said Brusini.

He says their biggest concern is the toll this will take on the behavioral and emotional well being of their special needs students.

“All kids need structure and predictability; our kids to the next level need that. And to have them come back after three and a half months of really reduced structure, get back into the swing of the program, and then kind of pull the rug from under them again, we’ve certainly seen regression,” said Brusini.

Brusini says the one good thing that came out of this is that now their staff is well versed at going from in-person to full remote learning at the drop of a hat.

The community has already raised almost $6000 for them. If you’re interested in donating you can find more information here.

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