Qayqayt occupancy permit obtained

Work was still ongoing on the exterior of Qayqayt elementary this week.  - Grant Granger/NewsLeader
Work was still ongoing on the exterior of Qayqayt elementary this week.
— image credit: Grant Granger/NewsLeader

The keys to Qayqayt elementary have been turned over to the New Westminster school district.

An occupancy permit for the new school, expected to house more than 500 students, was issued by the city Friday afternoon.

"We're in, and with a weekend to spare," said district CEO/superintendent John Gaiptman shortly after obtaining the permit.

The big question for him and the rest of the district Friday was whether or not students would be allowed to occupy the school as well when the school year was supposed to start Tuesday.

District operations and facilities manager Doug Templetown said when the kids do show up precautions will be taken to make sure they don't wander into areas of he property still being developed. The school's Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC) and community day care, for example, is still under construction by Yellowridge Build Design.

"The construction areas are hoarded off, separated from the areas that are occupied," said Templeton. "We will also have a fire safety monitor on site at all times."

He said while the upper field is available some shuffling around of the site will have to be done to make sure the students have some place to play outside.

While the NLC isn't not scheduled to open until January, Templeton said it will be finished long before that.

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