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February 7, 2019

Dear Dana Middle School Families,

Here at Dana Middle School and San Diego Unified, we believe in communicating openly with our students, parents and staff about incidents that affect our schools. Some of you may already be aware, but I wanted to reach out and inform the Dana Middle School community of weather-related issues we experienced on campus this week.

For the past few months, the campus has been under construction as much-needed heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are installed campus-wide. As part of this project, small sections of the roof were cut away to allow for the placement of the HVAC units and associated ducting. During last weekend’s storm system, measures that were prepared to prevent water intrusion into Dana’s facilities were simply overwhelmed by the intensity of the wind and rain.  Unfortunately, water has impacted a number of classrooms, but because the campus has sufficient space we were able to successfully move classes out of the impacted areas to other parts of the campus. We are taking a multi-pronged approach to prepare for the next round of storms while remediating all damage that was done.

Our first priority is to ensure no additional damage is done. We know there is an increasing likelihood of rain this weekend and next week. The contractor for this project has brought in additional crews to prepare the project area for the anticipated storms. Crews are working quickly to install a temporary roof, which should be in place by the end of day Friday.

All damage caused by the weekend’s storm will be remediated by the contractor. The contractor has brought in water remediation equipment, including fans and dehumidifiers to remove any remaining water. As part of this process, water-damaged materials are removed and replaced, including furniture and carpets.

I want to stress that all classrooms will be clean and safe for all students and staff following this process.

During the 1990s, the Dana Middle School campus went through extensive renovations that included a strict process to secure and remove hazardous materials. Prior to any significant construction, additional testing for hazardous materials is required of the project architect. The Dana campus was re-tested for hazardous material prior to the start of the HVAC project. As a precaution, a licensed industrial hygienist will conduct air quality testing throughout the impacted areas. Once damage remediation and air-quality testing is complete, all building systems will undergo testing. The combination of these steps should ensure the Dana campus is ready to resume normal operations once remediation is complete.

Of course, we will share new information with you as it becomes available.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Samer Naji, the Facilities Communications Supervisor at sdusdfacilitiesinfo@sandi.net.


Scott Irwin
Dana Middle