13 February 2020
In a statement, the Children, Young People, Education and Skills Department said: “We would like to thank parents and carers for their understanding and co-operation today following the unexpected closure of Haute Vallée School and Mont à l'Abbé Secondary School. This was a consequence of the high winds that we have experienced over the last few days, which caused disturbance to the roofing fabric at Haute Vallée.
“Following an assessment of the damage to the roof and a review of the predicted weather conditions, Haute Vallée School will be closed tomorrow, Friday 14 February, for the following year groups; Years 7, 8 and 9; but will open for Years 10 and 11. Years 10 and 11 will be taught in an area of the school which is unaffected Mont à l'Abbé Secondary School will remain closed.
“The safety of all members of our school community is paramount and we have worked throughout the day to ensure that students and staff were safe and that they all left the site safely.
“We would like to reassure parents and carers that a detailed inspection of the damage has been undertaken and remedial repairs of the roof are planned to be completed tomorrow morning, when the wind has dropped and it is safe to access the roof. Further updates to this situation will be issued as and when we have them.”