Henrico releases plan for Baker ES students after fire at school

Henrico releases plan for Baker ES students after fire at school

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico County Public Schools has announced a plan for students affected by the fire at Baker Elementary School on Sunday.

The school was closed on Monday. Teachers and staff worked with school leaders to create a plan for the students:

  • Pre-K and students in the Early Childhood Special Education Program will temporarily attend school at the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road.
  • Students in grades K-2 will temporarily attend Mehfoud Elementary School, 8320 Buffin Road.
  • Students in grades 3-5 will temporarily attend Varina Elementary School, 2551 New Market Rd.

Students will go to the other schools starting Wednesday. Officials say the hours will remain the same: 8:10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

HCPS says students will have the same bus stops, but the pickup and drop off

times may change. Check with the Pupil Transportation department to see if your student's times are affected.

At that meeting, individual plans were given to the parents based off of where they live and where their students will be going to school on Wednesday.

According to HCPS, families can expect additional communication from the Pupil Transportation department with specific pickup and drop-off times.
After school activities are currently postponed.

As Baker teachers have been visiting the temporary schools on Monday to learn the layout, the PTA has been gathering supplies for them.

"A lot of the teachers provide supplies throughout the year and now they're not allowed to take anything out of the school due to the extensive damage," said PTA Board member Gretchen Miller.

That damage is not only from the fire, smoke, and water, but also because fire crews had to cut through the roof and walls with saws. School staff said the fire started in the mechanical room, located in the kitchen of the cafeteria, which is the heart of the school.

Professionals are coming in to clean and deodorize, while engineers will come in to assess damage and repairs.

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