Water-damaged Ferrucci Junior High School got a clean bill of health Wednesday, allowing an estimated 800 students to return to the Puyallup school Thursday.
The school was damaged by water that backed up from storm sewers into part of its ventilation system during last week’s heavy rains. A dozen classrooms in the science wing were flooded by water that leaked through the ceiling on Sept. 6.
Though major debris was removed quickly, concerns about air quality had kept the school closed through Wednesday. Puyallup School District spokesman Brian Fox said that after wallboard was removed to better ventilate damaged areas, dust was dislodged.
Industrial fans were brought in to remove dust-tainted air and replace it with fresh air. Air inside the school was replenished more than 100 times daily for several days before it was deemed breathable for kids and staff members.
Work will continue over the next 10 days after school and on weekends to replace sheet rock and paint and to re-install cabinets in damaged areas.
Ferrucci students missed school Friday, Monday and Tuesday. They spent an abbreviated day Wednesday at Emerald Ridge High School.
School will operate on a regular schedule starting Thursday, and after-school activities will proceed as planned.