MILFORD >> Construction is causing a three-day delay for the opening of West Shore Middle School.

It will open for the school year Aug. 31. The first day of school for the rest of the district is Aug. 28.

The delay will ensure that all of the West Shore classrooms will be completely ready, Principal Paul Cavanna said in a press release.

“The extra time will give teachers the ability to prepare their classrooms properly and for secretaries and custodians to complete their final tasks before students arrive,” it said.

It will also allow time for all inspections to be done and the building be approved for occupancy, it said.

During the three-day delay, Boys and Girls Club has offered to open its doors from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for West Shore students, for free. Call the club at 203-713-8055 if a child or children may be attending.

Students and their parents or guardians may take a “sneak peek” Aug. 30 at the school. The Grade 6 visit is 5:30-6:30 p.m. and grades 7 and 8 may look around at 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This visit will allow students to see the classrooms and the layout.

Cavanna and Assistant Principal Ken Hayes will welcome the students.

Throughout the remodeling and renovation, the No. 1 priority “has been and will continue to be the safety of our students and staff,” Cavanna said.

“We have continually been in communication with inspectors from the Fire, Police and city Building departments. We have worked side-by-side with the contractors and architects. This has been and will continue to be a joint effort with the needs of students and staff being front and center,” he said.

MORE THAN A YEAR

The renovation was scheduled to take more than a year.

“Construction began in March 2017, so there was never an expectation that all work would be completed at the start of this school year. Sufficient renovation would be completed, however, to begin the school year, and that is being achieved,” it said.

Construction will continue after school begins, but almost all of the work is on the other side of the building from the classrooms.

“We are working hard to minimize the impact on our students’ education,” it said.

Work is being done in the main entrance, front pickup and drop-off loop, main office, gymnasium and the media center. While the work continues, the alternative pickup and drop-off procedure that was implemented last year will be used.

Windows are being replaced in many classrooms. Ten classrooms have plywood where new windows have to be installed. Window replacement for these classrooms will be completed two at a time during the first quarter of the year.

The temporary plywood is fire retardant and approved by the fire inspector, and each classroom has an exit window and temporary air conditioner.

pickup, drop-off

The school day is 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

• Main entrance: It will be moved to the west side of the building where the buses pickup and drop off. A sign will be posted.

• Buses: Pickup and drop-off will not change.

• Cars: All vehicles will go down Kay Avenue and turn left down Nells Road, go down Nells Road, around the cul-de-sac and let students off at the designated drop-off area. Then, follow the traffic around the island and go down Nells Road turning right onto Kay Avenue. The school resource officer and staff will be on hand to facilitate this procedure.

• Walkers: All walkers will enter and exit the building by the cafeteria near the basketball court. All students, including Grade 8, will meet in the cafeteria prior to homeroom every morning.