Hail Pounds School, Will Be Closed Until At Least Next Monday

DENVER (CBS4) – Hail pounded The Laradon School in Denver on Monday afternoon, shattering windows and stripping the siding off the building.

The Globeville campus serves students with developmental disabilities.

laradon damage1 Hail Pounds School, Will Be Closed Until At Least Next Monday

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The severe storm smashed skylights, shattered windows and caused a lot of water damage.

The hail storm hit the school after students left for the day on Monday.

laradon damage 1 Hail Pounds School, Will Be Closed Until At Least Next Monday

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The campus was closed on Tuesday while crews started to cleanup and repair the damage. They hope to reopen on Monday, May 15.

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“That means they are looking for child care or they had to stay home from work today. And the loss of learning and for us that’s the most important thing is the continuity of learning, and the consistency that is vital to the students’ success,” said Dr. Annette Lambeth with The Laradon School.

laradon damage 2 Hail Pounds School, Will Be Closed Until At Least Next Monday

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The school is rushing to board up windows, seal holes and clean up broken glass.

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The Laradon School was damaged by a hail storm (credit: CBS)

Additional Information From The Laradon School

• 90,000 s.f. of building space
• 17 buildings, none newer than 1980-era
• Expecting roof damage on every building
• Includes the former Globeville Elementary School, built 1926 (“Globeville” is carved in stone above the entrance)
• Laradon has been in Globeville since 1950
• Laradon serves over 600 infants, school aged children, and adults
• No one lives on campus
• 90 skylights broken, leading to hail and water into the school building and all buildings
• Roofs leaking
• Windows and screens broken
• Employees are here today rallying with contractors to get the program spaces clean and safe to reopen as soon as possible
• Contractors are sealing all skylights in preparation for more hail and rain this week

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