Zero Risk at CSDM (Commission scolaire de Montréal)

    MONTREAL, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Following assessments done yesterday
and this morning by our maintenance personnel regarding snow build up on roofs
of school buildings, it appears that a specific number of them are at a
moderate to important risk level. The evacuation of all CSDM schools is
presently in progress.
    Therefore, we have decided to evacuate all school buildings by applying
the CSDM's emergency measures policy since the engineers could not guarantee
zero risk. All students and staff members are directed towards predetermined
safety shelters. We are asking for the cooperation of parents and family
members in this matter. All safety shelters have been clearly indicated on all
school doors. A telephone information line has been set up to reach all
    All school buildings shall remain closed today, this weekend as well as
next Monday. On Monday, a further assessment will take place. All activities
are thereby suspended.
    To complete this necessary snow removal operation, a few more days might
be required.
    For further information, please visit the CSDM's web site at and/or all voice mails.
    To ensure the safety of all students and staff members, the CSDM relies
on the cooperation of all personnel, students as well as parents.

    Let us point out that the CSDM counts 90 000 students divided in
128 Elementary Schools, 34 High Schools, 5 Schools offering both Elementary
and Secondary levels, 16 Adult Education Centres and 9 Vocational Training

For further information:

For further information: Alain Perron, Media Relations Agent, (514)
596-6118, extension 6117, Cell: (514) 573-9923

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