The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach and its diocesan school, St. Juliana Catholic School in West Palm Beach, are continuing to keep its parents, students and staff updated on the leak in a pipe for the school’s air conditioning unit that caused the school to be shut down for today, August 21, and Friday, August 22. The diocese says that in order for the repairs to be made, all water and air conditioning in the school building had to be shut off. Out of concern and safety for the well-being of students and staff, the school is closed for the remainder of the week.
This afternoon the Diocese of Palm Beach stated it is hopeful the repairs will be made in a safe and timely manner, including testing the system over the weekend, and that the school will likely be able to reopen on Monday, August 25. However, the decision to reopen the school will not be made by officials or announced until Sunday afternoon. The administration at St. Juliana will notify parents of any decision on Sunday utilizing the school’s messaging system which includes email and the school’s website (www.saintjuliana.org). Notification will also be announced on Sunday by the Diocese of Palm Beach and posted on its website at www.diocesepb.org
As soon as the need for repairs was discovered, the school Principal Katie Kervi contacted parents using the school’s messaging system and posted an urgent message on the school’s website. This afternoon, Principal Kervi posted an updated message to parents bringing them up to date and thanking them for their patience. The full message can be found on the school’s website.
The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 280,000 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its schools.