Caroline High students return to building under construction

Posted at 6:21 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 18:21:38-04

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. -- Monday was the first day back at school for students at Caroline County High School.

Some parents said they had concerns with construction inside the school.

"It's a big issue that they should have taken care of prior to opening," said one parent.

The high school is undergoing a two-year renovation project.

A parent who wanted to remain anonymous reached out to CBS 6 and sent photos of the school inside.

"On the main hall where the office is at, there are no tiles up there," said the parent, "you can see pipes, you can see the wires, you can see everything."

She and other parents said they're worried for the students and the staff members' safety.

"I do understand that construction is still going on, however, the ceilings need to be covered," said the parent, "that's a big issue."

CBS 6 reached out to Superintendent, Dr. George Parker about the concerns, who said safety is the school's number one priority.

Parker said any non-restricted areas that have exposed ceilings are safe. He also said that work in those areas will not happen during school hours and buildings impacted by the construction project have been inspected by state and county inspectors.

Still, some parents said it's unsettling.

"That should have been something main done prior to students walking in the building," said one parent.

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