French International Community Shows Support During Winter Storm
In the aftermath of January’s winter storms, the French International community came together to support teachers, students, and staff whose classrooms and office spaces were affected by flooding.
French International was not immune to the damage caused by January’s snow and ice storms. The school lost power, causing pipes to freeze and burst in satellites one, two, and three. Many classrooms and office spaces flooded, including all TPS, first and second-grade classrooms, one preschool classroom, two kindergarten classrooms, and several flexible spaces and offices.
The leadership team set the goals of prioritizing student learning and keeping all students on campus, encouraging everyone to be creative and flexible in finding alternative classroom spaces. A movement plan was implemented, including using administrative spaces, middle school design classrooms, the art room, Commons, STEAM lab, makers space, and movement room as new classrooms.
From early on Saturday, January 20, until late in the evening on Sunday, January 21, teachers and volunteers spent their weekend cleaning spaces, organizing materials, and moving furniture into new classrooms or storage. The majority of the French International faculty and staff were on campus helping colleagues, and families came in waves to help in any way that was needed.
The final pieces of the puzzle came together on Monday, and on Tuesday morning, teachers welcomed students into their new classroom spaces. In just three days, rooms were transformed into warm and welcoming environments for students to learn and grow.
As Head of School, Scott Hardister, mentioned in a communication to families, “The unwavering support from faculty, staff, and volunteers who came together to move furniture, shovel snow, and organize materials was truly heartwarming. I’m so impressed with our teachers who have poured their hearts into getting new classrooms ready to welcome students.”
French International leadership and the facilities team are still negotiating with the insurance company and planning the next steps for the affected Satellites.
In the meantime, we will continue to adjust as everyone gets used to the new situation. We are proud to have a supportive, resilient, and flexible community, and thank you to everyone who helped us navigate this challenge.