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Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in CDSBEO School Facilities

With the recent announcement of the closure of the Ontario Science Centre due to deteriorated Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC), the Ministry of Education has reported that 360 schools in the province also have RAAC within their structures. RAAC panels are a lightweight, precast form of concrete that was commonly used in construction between the 1950s and 1980s.

Within CDSBEO, eight schools have been identified as facilities which have RAAC in their structure. All families at the eight schools have received a letter with this information. The eight schools include:

  • Holy Cross Catholic School, Kemptville
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Lanark
  • St. John Paul II Catholic School, Hammond
  • St. Joseph Catholic School, Gananoque
  • St. Luke Catholic High School, Smiths Falls
  • St. Mary Catholic School, Carleton Place
  • St. Mary Catholic School, Chesterville
  • St. Mary-St. Cecilia Catholic School, Morrisburg

We wanted to reassure families that the Board has developed an RAAC management strategy which was shared with the Ministry of Education last fall. The RAAC management strategy includes ongoing preventative maintenance and regular inspections. The schools, of course, remain open.

We wish you all a safe and restful summer, and look forward to welcoming your child(ren) back to school in September!

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