WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — The first day of school for students at Willoughby-Eastlake North High School and South High School has been delayed over two weeks due to construction, according to the district.
The first day for students at North High School and South High School will be Sept. 3, over two weeks after the start date for other schools in the district, which is Aug. 15, according to a post on the Willoughby-Eastlake Schools Facebook page.
The district also released a video explaining the delay:
“Please be assured that the district has monitored our construction carefully and continuously sought reassurances that our new buildings would open on time,” states a letter sent to parents from the district’s board of education. “As recently as July 12th, our project managers stated that we would be ready for the first day of classes.”
The letter goes on to state that sections of the buildings still need significant work and the “environment is not conducive to providing quality education.”
The district has also been unable to obtain occupancy permits to work in the new schools, and therefore teachers, administrators and support staff have been unable to familiarize themselves with the buildings.
“I appreciate your patience and understanding and I regret that it was necessary to bring you this news today,” Superintendent Steve Thompson stated in the letter. “Please accept my sincere apologies for any inconvenience that this delay may cause for you or your high school student.”
A “Frequently Asked Questions” page confirms that extracurricular activities such as marching band. Football and volleyball will continue as scheduled. District officials said that if it becomes necessary to make up days, they will be made up on days like professional development days – the first day that could be impacted is November 5.
Students at Excel TECC and the School of Innovation will start classes on Aug. 15.