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Officials say Grayslake Middle School’s closure has been extended until at least late April amid ongoing repairs of major issues caused by the extreme cold last month.

Community Consolidated School District 46 Superintendent Dr. Lynn Glickman said in mid-January there were significant issues with boilers, unit ventilators and sprinkler heads at Grayslake Middle School due to the cold weather.

The initial estimate was four to six weeks for repairs to be made. The building was deemed unoccupiable and the district opened “GMS East.”

Classes for the more than 600 students were moved to the University Center of Lake County, which is on the College of Lake County campus in Grayslake.

Glickman said in a message to the school community on Friday that the updated timeline of repair work had been extended by 12 weeks.

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The new approximate competition date is April 26.

The full scope of work includes fixing unit ventilators, replacing all fire sprinklers, replacing the floor in the large gym and the complete cleanup and installation of new flooring in all affected areas.

Glickman said significant progress is being made already. Work has begun on the large gym floor replacement and the fire sprinkler replacement project is approximately two-thirds complete.

The unit ventilator work in classrooms is currently underway but will soon be halted due to supply chain delays for necessary parts.

The district said they are still gathering information on what the final cost will be regarding the repair of the building.

“Our district has been very fortunate to access the University Center of Lake County – 2.1 miles away – to house our students and staff in a safe and positive learning environment,” Glickman said.

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“Our students, staff, families, and community have truly come together to ensure that teaching and learning continue while we are away from the Middle School building,” she added.

Afterschool activities and clubs have mostly restarted at the University Center.

The GMS East sports teams are practicing and participating in meets and games in a variety of locations, including other District 46 schools and the nearby Grayslake High School district.

“As the University Center does not have a gymnasium or PE facilities available, we continue to consider the outdoor spaces we have available to identify ways to incorporate as much physical activity in our students’ day as possible as the weather continues to improve,” Glickman said.

Grayslake Middle School’s formal physical education program is being delivered asynchronously.

Practice for the school’s band program occurs in the morning at another District 46 school and then band students are transported to GMS East.

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“Relocating band practice was necessary because there is no space for band students to rehearse at the temporary campus,” Glickman said.