Elementary school finally reopens after safety concerns
One Westchester school has finally reopened after it was forced to shut down due to safety concerns.
It's been a rough few weeks for everyone at the Ridge Street Elementary School in Rye Brook. But now that the state has given district officials the green light, they have opened back up and are trying getting back to normal.
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The problems started on Sept. 15 when the building was shut down by the state Education Department.
Major construction was being performed on the building and there were fire, permit and safety issues that caused the closure.
Most students were forced into remote learning, and some students attended class at the Blind Brook Middle and High School campuses.
The safety issues have been addressed, and last week the building passed inspection - enabling school officials to receive a temporary certificate of occupancy.
Twenty-four classrooms in the part of the building not under construction are now able to be open for use, and school officials say that's just enough to have all students back in the building.
School officials welcomed kids back with a Spirit Day to celebrate today's reopening.
Everyone was greeted with signs and balloons as the students, parents and staff got to experience the first day of school for the second time this year. "He was just as excited as he was the first day, so it was really nice to get him ready this morning," says Patricia Schofield, parent.
Parents who spoke to News 12 say they felt the building was safe now that adjustments have been made. "Everything has been resolved and we are very comfortable with everything," says Greg Lefkowitz.