Porta Community Unit School District #202

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Update 11-17-2021: PORTA Art Room Fire


The vast majority of the building is overwhelmed with the smell of smoke and most of the building has soot damage of some nature.  We have partnered with an extreme Response Team from ServPro who have evaluated the building and are planning to cordon off specific areas to reduce spread of the smoke smell and will also implement air scrubbers to help reduce the smell.  We have also had an air quality team involved today (11/17) who will monitor air quality and perform forensic analysis throughout the restoration process to ensure everyone is safe.  

Insurance companies were notified early yesterday morning and adjusters have been assigned and we are currently waiting for approval from those organizations to begin full mitigation efforts.  We hope to have the approvals by the end of today, November 17, 2021.  Depending on the specific area, restoration efforts might include removal of ceiling tiles and cleaning from top to bottom of that room, to mild cleaning and placement of air scrubbers to reduce odor.  All HVAC ducts and units will be cleaned.  Furniture, carpeting, cloth seating will all be evaluated and either cleaned or replaced.  

We have been told to expect a team of 50 to 70 workers completing the restoration in the next 10 to 12 days, with the goal of allowing students to return to in person learning on November 29th.  Restoration will continue beyond the 29th especially in the immediate area of the current art room and shop areas.  As we get closer to the 29th, we will have a better understanding of classrooms that are available for use in these areas and will create a plan to ensure we have adequate teaching and learning spaces for our students and staff.


Our insurance company will have a Cause and Origin expert in the district today or tomorrow to determine cause for the fire and once they have their investigation completed restoration and remodeling work will begin on the Art room.  


7-12 Grade students will begin remote learning on Thursday November 18, 2021 with the goal to return to in person instruction on November 29, 2021.  Students will follow their normal schedule and login to “Google Meets”.  If connectivity is an issue please contact your building principal and continue to monitor your student email accounts for more updates.  


At this time the pool is fully accessible, if you have questions in regards to lessons, rental, lap swim or water-aerobics please contact Rachel Frost. 


The Tentative plan will be to move the Fall Play to the weekend of December 4, 2021, rather than this coming weekend.