• March 14 Update

    Dear Cold Spring Family,

    We continue to make excellent progress toward fully recovering from last month’s fire and returning to normal operations.

    This week, we are making final preparations in order to enable our fifth-grade classes to return to regular classrooms on Monday, March 18. Once complete, our gymnasium returns to regular operation, and all students will be in regular classroom spaces.

    Our fourth-grade classes will continue to be housed in alternative rooms until remediation is complete in those areas. Remediation continues on the second floor, including the use of industrial air scrubbers equipped with HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters in those spaces.  

    We continue to conduct air quality tests weekly, in order to ensure that air quality is safe and cleanliness of each space meets with our expectations before moving classrooms.

    Once again, we thank our teachers, students, and families for their cooperation and support throughout this recovery process. We Can, We Did, We Will!

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

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    Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

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    Brian Finger, Principal
    Cold Spring Elementary School


    February 28 Update

    Dear Cold Spring Families,

    We are happy to report that remediation work continues at Cold Spring and the first floor rooms will be ready on Monday.  The space has been inspected by our FEMO department staff, and the classrooms are now ready to be reoccupied.

    Mrs. Bach’s kindergarten, all first grade teachers, and some special education classrooms will be “moving back in” to their classroom spaces on Monday, March 4. Also on Monday, lunch will return to the cafeteria space and classes will resume in the library.

    Work on the second floor continues, and we hope to have an update on when reoccupation of these spaces can occur very soon.

    Our students have adjusted well to the temporary changes in our building. Everyone has been flexible and supportive of one another, and our students have been wonderful.

    We continue to be grateful for the support of our families! We Can! We Did! We Will!

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

     nadine garvin signature

    Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

    Brian Finger Signature

    Brian Finger, Principal
    Cold Spring Elementary School


    February 21 Update

    Dear Cold Spring Families,

    We were so ready for school today! Unfortunately, mother nature had other plans. We’re ready for school tomorrow, and we are excited to welcome our students back.

    With that said, the snow day allowed us additional time to discuss our procedures for lunch and consider the best possible way to serve our students.

    Lunch will no longer be consumed in classrooms. Instead, we will arrange tables in the main hallway between the nurse’s office and the gym/cafeteria. We will establish a “peanut-free” table, just as we have in the cafeteria, and employ the same procedures for cleaning up after lunch that we have in the cafeteria. This arrangement will be responsive to the needs of all students.

    Once again – we are grateful for the patience and support of our Cold Spring families as we continue to navigate challenges associated with recovering from the fire. We look forward to returning to our regular routines!

    We Can! We Did! We Will!

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

     nadine garvin signature

    Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

    Brian Finger Signature

    Brian Finger, Principal
    Cold Spring Elementary School


    February 20 Update

    Dear Cold Spring Family,

    Today, our faculty and staff returned to Cold Spring Elementary School. Teachers enjoyed breakfast and then came together for a meeting to discuss final preparations for tomorrow. Our teachers are simply amazing. They have demonstrated flexibility and embody Principal Finger’s new building motto for the 2018-2019 school year – We Can! We Did! We Will! More than anything – they are anxious and excited to have their students back to school!

    A number of updates to share:

    • Air quality tests have been conducted, further assuring us that the building is safe to reoccupy.
    • Before and after care will continue to be held at Cold Spring and will take place in the art/music/library spaces. Pick-up and drop-off will continue to be from the cafeteria doors. A wireless doorbell is in place temporarily to assist with this process.
    • All temporary classroom spaces are ready to welcome students! See photos below.
    • Temporary menus have been prepared by Aramark for the months of February and March.
    • Donated book bags filled with supplies are available for pick-up at Cold Spring for any student in need. If you are in need of a winter coat, please let your classroom teacher know and one will be provided.
    • The timeline to reoccupy all classrooms is not yet known, but we will communicate new information as soon as it is available.

    When students return to school tomorrow, teachers and staff will greet them, and direct any student in need of assistance finding an unfamiliar space. We will begin the day with a class meeting, during which a book, donated courtesy of CB Cares Educational Foundation, will be read to all classes. This positive activity is designed to help students process their shared experience.

    Our students will also be invited to share their gratitude with first responders and other helpers by making cards and writing notes. Buckingham Township Chief of Police Michael Gallagher will be visiting our classrooms soon to personally congratulate the students on their fine behavior and excellent work during the evacuation.

    Once again – we are grateful for the outpouring of support! We continue to encourage those interested in helping to contribute to the Cold Spring Home and School Association. Please know, most items damaged or lost as a result of the fire will be covered by insurance.

    This week, our focus will be on helping one another and ensuring that we are caring for our needs. With that said, additional counselors will be on hand and stand ready to support our families. If you or your child needs assistance, please don’t hesitate to call the school for help.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

     nadine garvin signature

    Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

    Brian Finger Signature

    Brian Finger, Principal
    Cold Spring Elementary School

    A few photos of students and families touring temporary spaces...

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    February 17 Update

    Dear Cold Spring Elementary School Families,

    We have additional information to share that will help our students and families know what to expect when returning to Cold Spring Elementary on Wednesday, February 20.

    • As a reminder, there will be no school for Cold Spring Elementary students on Tuesday, February 19. Faculty and staff will report on Tuesday and use this time to make final preparations to welcome students back to school the following day.
    • The following teachers and their respective classes have been relocated to temporary learning spaces. Arrangements have been made to ensure that these spaces are suitable for our students until remediation and restoration allows for them to return to classrooms.
      • Both Kindergarten classes will be together in room 106.
      • First grade will be in the cafeteria.
      • Fourth grade teachers will be moved to alternative classrooms.
        • Ms. Lodwig will be in room 202.
        • Ms. Falone will be in room 208.
        • Ms. Mignogna will be in room 207.
      • Fifth grade classes will be in the gym.
      • Ms. Bova and Ms. Nichols will be in the library.
      • Ms. Deibert will be in the staff lunch room.
      • Ms. Valimont will be in the staff lunch room.
      • Ms. Vice and Ms. Dollarton will be in room 211.
      • Ms. Fisher, Ms. Hall, and Ms. Treon will be in rooms 213 and 214.
    • Students whose classes have been impacted by the temporary relocation are invited to visit the school along with their parents/guardians on the evening of Tuesday, February 19 from 4-8 p.m.

    Other notes:

    • Buses will drop off in the same location, however all bus riders will enter through the door to the 2nd/3rd grade hallway (to the right when looking at the school from the bus platform).
    • All other students should use regular arrival procedures.
    • Breakfast and lunch will continue to be prepared by Aramark, but will be eaten in the classrooms.
    • Additional Central Bucks elementary school counselors will be on hand to support students.

    Once again, the Cold Spring community would like to thank everyone for their continued support as they continue to recover from this event. We have received many inquiries about donations to help students and staff. Individuals who wish to help are asked to consider contributing to the Cold Spring Home and School Association (HSA). The Cold Spring HSA will be facilitating a fund that will serve to help purchase any needed school supplies or other materials. Once teachers have had the opportunity to assess their classrooms, they will work directly with the HSA to make these purchases.  Checks may be made payable to the Cold Spring Home and School Association and should be mailed to 4150 Durham Road, Doylestown, PA 18902.  

    Please note, this and all past and future communication may be accessed on the district’s website at www.cbsd.org/coldspringinfo.

    We continue to be so very fortunate to be part of such an amazing community. Thank you.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

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    Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education


    February 15 Update

    Dear Cold Spring Elementary School Families,

    Thank you to everyone who visited the school today to pick up personal items or assist with the distribution. This is a very challenging time for the school community, and your patience and cooperation has been amazing.

    Remediation and restoration of areas impacted by the fire is ongoing. The fire marshal has returned control of the building to the district, further enabling us to assess damaged areas and prepare the building for reoccupation by faculty, staff, and students.

    What follows are additional updates on our planning:

    • There will be no school for Cold Spring Elementary students on Tuesday, February 19. Faculty and staff will report on Tuesday and use this time to make final preparations to welcome students back to school on Wednesday, February 20.
    • Details on what students in impacted classrooms can expect, and where their class will be located when they return on Wednesday, will be included in our next communication on the evening of Sunday, February 17.

    The Cold Spring community is deeply moved by the outpouring of support from the entire Central Bucks School District. We are working to organize a list of needed items, as well as other details on how the community can help. Look for this information in Sunday’s communication as well. Please note, this and all past and future communication may be accessed on the district’s website at www.cbsd.org/coldspringinfo.

    We are once again reminded that the strength of our district is our families. We are so very proud of our students, our teachers, and our wider school district community. Thank you – we are Central Bucks Proud.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

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    Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education


    February 14 Update

    We have established a process for retrieving items left behind by students during the fire at Cold Spring Elementary School on Wednesday. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we work through this process.

    • On Friday, February 15, all parents/guardians of students who wish to retrieve coats and backpacks are invited to come to Cold Spring Elementary School between the hours of 2:00PM and 5:00PM.
    • Classrooms that were not impacted by fire/water (see list below) are accessible to families to retrieve their personal items.  These families should enter through the main office doors.
    • For rooms that were impacted by the fire/water (see list below), tables organized by classroom number and teacher name are set up in the gym. 
      • Please enter the gym directly, via the playground blacktop doors at the rear of the school.
      • Items removed from the gym may not reenter the building.
      • Information for parents/guardians of students whose personal items were damaged will be available during the pickup time.

    The impacted classrooms have been sectioned off from the rest of the building and the unaffected areas have been deemed safe for us to occupy.  Please note that there is currently still a smell of smoke in the building and the restoration company is working to rectify this.

    Rooms Impacted by Fire/Water:

    1st Floor – Rooms 117(Fisher), 118(Hall), 119(Creely), 120(Treon), 121(Kruopas), 122(Bach), 123(Harding), 124(Lewis)           

    2nd Floor – Rooms 213(Bova), 214(Richman), 215-216(Reading Lab), 217(Lodwig), 219(Griffin), 220(Mignogna), 221(Volk), 222(Douglas), 224(Pickett), 225(Christie)

    Unfortunately, all items that were located in room 218 are a loss.  There will be no items to retrieve from this room.

    The Buckingham Township Fire Marshal and the Bucks County Fire Marshal’s office are working cooperatively to investigate the cause of the fire.  As of this afternoon, the source was undetermined.  If you have any information you would like to pass on to the Fire Marshal’s office, you may contact them at 215-794-8812.

    Finally, many of you are surely wondering about the status of the school day on Tuesday, February19, when students are to return after the holiday weekend.  During the next phase of this process, we will work to finalize our planning for next week.  Our goal is to provide more information regarding this plan no later than Sunday evening, after we gather more information and can send our next update.

    Questions about this process may be directed to the office of the assistant superintendent, Dr. Nadine Garvin, at 267-893-2000.

    Thank you for your continued patience and support.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

    Nadine Garvin Signature

    Nadine Garvin, Ed.D.
    Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

     


    On the morning of Wednesday, February 13, a fire was discovered at Cold Spring Elementary School. An evacuation was immediately initiated, and fire and emergency responders were on site within minutes. All students and staff were safely and efficiently evacuated to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, where they were safe, cared for, and supervised by faculty and administrators until reunited with their families.


    9:30 PM Update

    We continue to appreciate your patience as we move through the process associated with today’s fire at Cold Spring. A date and time is being established for families to retrieve students’ personal items left behind at the school today.

    Please look for a communication on/about 12 p.m. on Friday, February 15 with these details.


    4:30 PM Update

    All students have been picked up and all staff have been dismissed from the church at this time. 

    Details on when families can retrieve students' personal items from the school are forthcoming.

    Once again - families, students, faculty, and staff are thanked for their excellent work, and calm cooperation throughout the day.

    The district is grateful for the amazing support of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, and for the hard work of our first responders and other officials. 


    3:30 PM Update

    We continue to thank our families for their patience and cooperation today.

    Remaining students who are assigned to a bus, or as a walker, have been dismissed to buses. 

    Parents of students who participate in the after care program are asked to pick up their children as soon as possible. Pick up procedures may be found below.

    Procedures for obtaining personal items from the school continue to be forthcoming. In the interim, any family whose student is in need of a winter coat may call 267-893-2000 for assistance.


    2:26 PM Update

    We thank our families for their patience and cooperation. We are very proud of our students and staff, who followed practiced evacuation procedures perfectly, ensuring the safety of all. 

    Students that haven’t been picked up will be dismissed to their regular buses from Our Lady of Guadalupe and any walkers will be bused home. Any remaining students, including those participating in the Community School after-care program, who are not picked up will remain at the church, and will be dismissed to parents/guardians/emergency contacts according to the dismissal procedures above.

    Information about how to obtain personal belongings from the school will be forthcoming.


    1:25 PM Update

    All students continue to be safe and calm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Students will be dismissed, by bus, from the church at regular dismissal time (students are currently eating lunch), however, parents who wish to pick up their student early must do so according to the following procedures. For the safety and well-being of our students, NO exceptions will be made.

    1. Parents/Guardians/Emergency Contact must bring a state issued photo ID.
    2. Enter the church via the main entrance.
    3. Three tables will be positioned alphabetically, by last name, in the church lobby from left to right.
    4. Students WILL ONLY be released to parents/guardians/emergency contact as listed in school records, and ONLY to individuals with a state issued ID – parents MUST come INSIDE the church to pick up their student(s).

    Thank you,

    CBSD Administration