14 degrees in Baton Rouge! The lowest temperature in 30+ years! How did Episcopal weather the deep freeze? From a skilled maintenance team that prepped the campus, to fireside lesson planning and even welcoming a group of exchange students, it was a busy week.
Preparations for the winter blast began Monday while most of the campus was out for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The majority of the prep focused on pipes. Crews wrapped everything they could – with a 56 acre campus there was a lot to wrap! To further reduce pipe problems, water was turned off to certain areas and all lines were drained.
To protect the buildings, crews set all campus heaters to run around-the-clock so that in spite of the external temps the internal environment remained mild. In addition, the HVAC company was called in to initiate freeze precautions for the chillers, cooling towers and boilers.
Thanks to the maintenance teams the school fared well, with no major incidents.
Welcome Chilean Exchange Students
As the cold air filtered in from the north, Episcopal welcomed visitors from the south. A group of Chilean exchange students arrived just as temperatures began to fall.
Planning, Prepping and Playing
Teachers and staff stayed close to weather and school news…and the fire.
True to her Instigator role, Betsy Minton created a Lego mat for her daughter Grace. The two enjoyed the beachy scene despite the weather outside.