Flooding Closes Eliot-Hine on Third Day of School

Hot Breakfast at Eastern HS While Crews Address Damage

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Principal Marlene Magrino assured parents that student safety was the first priority as flood damage is addressed at Eliot Hine Middle School. Image: DCPS

Eliot-Hine Middle School (1830 Constitution Ave. NE) is closed Wednesday, August 22, after flooding Tuesday spread to multiple areas of the building. Water from afternoon rain storms seeped into the building, causing interior flooding and water damage.

Students are being offered a hot meal at Eastern High School (1700 Constitution Ave NE) at 10:45 a.m. At press time it was unknown if the building would be suitable for student use on Thursday, August 23.

In a letter to parents, Principal Marlene Magrino said that it was a priority to maintain student and staff safety at all times.

“When [Tuesday] afternoon’s storm first began and school leaders became aware of the flooding, we relocated our students to dry areas of the building and instruction continued until dismissal,” she said. “We also reached out to our partners at the Department of General Services (DGS), who deployed a team of engineers to evaluate the extent of the flooding and its damage.” 

Contractors are working at the school to resolve issues caused by flooding. DCPS will provide an update on school use as soon as a decision can be made.

UPDATE: Eliot Hine Students will attend classes at Garnet-Patterson Middle School Thursday and Friday. See full story.