The flooding which has severely affected businesses and residents on the Toronto Islands has now forced the relocation of the Island Public School.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) says students and staff at Island Public School (IPS) and Natural Science School (NSS) will be relocated to Nelson Mandela Park Public School on the mainland for the remainder of the school year.
The TDSB says while the school itself is dry, the roadways to and from the ferry docks have been affected by rising water levels which have restricted public access to Toronto Island Park.
“Because the road from the ferry to the school itself is washed out under three feet of water, we felt it wasn’t safe for the kids to transport back and forth over the next little while,” said TDSB Vice-Chair Chris Moise.
“We decided to have the kids congregate at the ferry dock and we’re going to have school buses transport them to Nelson Mandela.”
Of the 240 students that go to school on the island, only 25 actually live there.
The TDSB also said trips for other schools to the NSS will be cancelled for the rest of the school year.
The rising water levels have already forced the closure of beaches on Hanlan’s Point, Gibraltar Point and Centre Island until further notice while Centreville amusement park is closed for the Victoria Day long weekend.