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No timeline set for reopening Bishop Feild in St. John's

Bishop Field Elementary School on Bond Street in downtown St. John’s on Wednesday afternoon. The school has been closed since a section of the gymnasium ceiling fell to the floor in October 2017, forcing students and teachers to take up classes at the former school for the deaf on Topsail Road.
Bishop Field Elementary School on Bond Street in downtown St. John’s on Wednesday afternoon. The school has been closed since a section of the gymnasium ceiling fell to the floor in October 2017, forcing students and teachers to take up classes at the former school for the deaf on Topsail Road. - Joe Gibbons

No new timeline has been offered about when students at Bishop Feild School on Bond Street in St. John’s will be able to resume use of the building.

The landmark building and elementary school has been closed for repairs for several months and is currently under the charge of the Department of Transportation and Works.

In a recent letter to Bishop Feild school council chairman Brad Stone, Transportation and Works Minister Steve Crocker said a tender package is in development for the removal of the remaining ceilings, but he was unable to provide a firm timeline as to when the work will be completed and students will be able to return to the school.

Some trees near the school may also need to be removed, because their roots are causing additional damage to the structure, a school administrator indicated in the memo.

Cheryl Gullage, spokeswoman for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, said students at Bishop Feild School will return to the former school for the deaf in the fall, and information regarding the state of the Bond Street building will be provided to the affected families as soon as it becomes available.

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