Construction of the major EPISD Bond 2016 projects will begin in earnest starting in the 2018-19 school year, creating a sense of excitement and anticipation for the modern learning environments they will create throughout the District.
But work crews at our schools mean students, parents and visitors will have to pay extra attention as construction zones may create temporary delays, closures and other barriers that could make getting around school a little harder.
“We are working with our bond management company to create construction safety zones that will help us get all of our bond projects done on schedule, but keep our students, employees and visitors safe,” said Carlos Gallinar, EPISD’s executive director of planning and innovative school construction.
“We have begun to notify parents about safety regulations that will help students navigate their campuses in a secure and effective way,” Gallinar said. “The construction zones may be inconvenient for a short period of time, but we know that in the end it will be well worth it.”
EPISD is providing the following information to parents:
• Construction will occur on different areas of specific schools in accordance to a building-phasing plan created by the District and the bond management company.
• Construction work areas will be kept segregated from staff and students through adequate fencing and bulkheads.
• Work areas will be protected with cones, barriers, warning signs and – if necessary – construction personnel to ensure the safety of students and staff.
• The general contractor will work with school administrators to ensure dust and noise are controlled properly.
• Children with asthma or noise phobias should work with school administrators to plan for accommodations ahead of time.
Parents should note that during construction, drop-off and pick-up zones, as well as student evacuation plans, may temporarily change. Changes will be communicated in advance to parents and students.
Parents also should speak with students about the changes that are coming and encourage them to be safe around the campus by staying away from construction zones.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience.