The temporary school is ready in Hesdigneul, school life will resume in the flooded village

Nothing will ever be the same as before the floods in Hesdigneul. “ VSIt’s as if we had lived several days in a disaster movie, except that it was reality », still remembers the works assistant, Mario Boulet. On four occasions, the small village school was affected by rising waters. It was no longer possible to accommodate children, they were too dangerous. Also too dangerous to keep the school there. The idea of ​​setting up temporary classes quickly emerged, taking the time to build a new establishment on land, free from any risk of flooding.

Five classes, five modules

The State helped the municipality to rent this temporary school (more than 296,000 euros), composed of five modules of 60 square meters, each serving as a classroom. There are also three other small facilities of 15 square meters, two for toilets, one for the school principal’s office.

Like all classes at the school, the children’s class is also connected to wifi.

The question we often ask ourselves with this type of installation is heating in winter. “ Each module is insulated by a 7 cm layer of polyurethane. We installed three electric heaters per class », explains Mario Boulet. All the furniture from the old school was reinstalled, and other furniture was also purchased specifically for this new school year.

What security for this temporary school?

At the rear of the modules, trees were cut down to allow the school to be completely closed and emergency exits installed.
At the rear of the modules, trees were cut down to allow the school to be completely closed and emergency exits installed.

Located between the sports hall and the city stadium, the temporary school was fenced off, completely closed. This was necessary to provide the necessary security for the children, to allow them to have a real playground. “ Of course, the one before was bigger, but we can also use the city stadium or the sports hall in case of rain. Because we don’t have a courtyard », adds Marion Boulet.

Another important element,Parents will not be able to drop off their children by car in front of the school. Access to vehicles will be prohibited during student reception and dismissal times. “ Parents will be able to accompany the children on foot and access to cars will be reopened after these two times of the day. », strongly insists the works assistant.

How will the canteen and daycare be provided?

The village hall will definitely serve as a new canteen.
The village hall will definitely serve as a new canteen.

It is in one of the modules (the sixth) that parents will be able to collect children from daycare. The canteen is moving permanently to the village hall. The new school project does not provide for any. No need according to Mario Boulet. “ Many communities do thisjustifies the works assistant. We acquired a new oven and new gas hobs less than a year ago. The Api company will continue to deliver to us, in the morning this time “. During the floods, up to 80 meals were served here each day for firefighters, rescue workers, etc.

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