Rattlesnake Elementary School has canceled school on Monday because of issues with the building’s heating system.
In an email sent to parents Sunday, Jerry Seidensticker, Rattlesnake’s principal, said students should not come to school on Monday, and that staff will be meeting to help determine the exact problem and decide what steps to take moving forward.
The school will meet with a mechanical engineer and the fire marshal to examine other heating options, Seidensticker wrote.
Other Missoula County Public Schools will be open as usual on Monday.
Seidensticker could not be reached for comment Sunday but Heather Davis-Schmidt, Missoula County Public Schools executive director for region 2, which includes Rattlesnake, said the school is not sure at this point what the underlying issue is. Davis-Schmidt would not say if classes at Rattlesnake could be canceled past Monday.
“We’re not willing to say that’s a possibility at this time,” she said, adding Rattlesnake school officials would know more after meeting Monday morning.
Davis-Schmidt said she appreciates the patience of parents as the school works through this issue. “We will do everything necessary to make sure students are safe,” she said.
MCPS will be posting updates on the situation online at www.mcpsmt.org and Missoula County Public Schools Facebook page.