Taylor Primary School in Canberra’s south will remain closed until Easter after major structural faults were found in two of the main buildings.
The buildings at Kambah are about 40 years old and have a wooden sub-frames which are believed to have deteriorated due to water damage.
More than 220 students and staff will be urgently moved to the newly constructed Namadgi School site about 2 kilometres away.
It was built to accommodate students from preschool through to Year 10 and is currently only housing primary school students.
ACT Education and Training Directorate director general Jim Watterston says the structural problems at Taylor Primary School are being taken seriously.
“The damage to the sub-frame of the school appears in places to be quite significant,” Mr Watterston said.
“So as a precautionary measure we need to take until the end of first term, to look at the possibilities around rectification, and to make sure the school is rendered safe.”
Mr Watterston says the safety of students, staff and the community remain paramount.
“We have been pre-emptive I think in making sure that we have been examining the building to make sure of complete safety and for the health and well-being of all people involved,” he said.
“So while this is of some discomfort to people and it certainly is challenging to up and move a school within a few short hours, the decision has been made with the best interests of everyone.”
Glen Fowler from the Australian Education Union says they are monitoring the situation.
“We’re consulting with our teachers in our schools, both Namadgi and Taylor to ensure that it’s a smooth transition,” he said.
“Teachers have obviously had to adjust and will do so over the coming days and weeks, but we certainly support an approach that errs on the side of caution.”
The Namadgi Primary will host a meeting on Thursday night to explain future class and transport arrangements.
Arrangements are also being finalised for the Taylor preschool and after-school care program.