Employees across Durham Public Schools have rallied together to support displaced students from McDougald Terrace. Due to the exposure of carbon monoxide at the complex, families have been relocated to local hotels. The DPS team immediately jumped into action to support the families by providing transportation for more than 100 of our students utilizing 30 buses. That first Monday, Jan. 6, the DPS Transportation Department began servicing students placed in 12 hotels and one residence.
Upon arrival at school, students received support and resources from school counselors, who also worked with the families to make sure they understood their needs. School-based nurses received additional resources about the impact of carbon monoxide to heighten awareness. Student Support Services worked to meet the social and emotional needs of students and families. Employees across the district worked collaboratively to collect supplies and gift cards to provide additional support.
“As we move forward, we will do everything possible to accommodate our students,” said Superintendent Pascal Mubenga. At the January 9 work session of the DPS Board of Education, Chairman Lee expressed his appreciation that employees worked efficiently and quickly over the holiday break to ensure that student instruction was not disrupted.
For updates on McDougald Terrace including opportunities for donations, please visit the Durham Housing Authority website.