September 12, 2013
Mount Greylock Regional High School (MGRHS) in Massachusetts was closed by administrators due to floors that were too slippery and would pose a hazard to both students and faculty.
Mary MacDonald, school principal, explained that “the hallway and classroom floors remain very slippery because of the sudden return of oppressive humidity this week.”
As a safety precaution, MacDonald joked that they “would have to put hockey helmets on everyone in case they slipped and fell.”
Amherst Regional High School, also located in Massachusetts, was closed down because of slippery floors caused by over waxing of the hallways by janitorial staff.
After outside temperatures fell overnight, the floor began to melt. More than 22 people fell before administrators decided to cancel classes and shut down the school.
Ron Bohonowicz, director of facilities and transportation at the MGRHS remarked: “We weren’t the only one with this problem, but we were proactive [in canceling school]. Up to 20 minor falls were reported in most of the school district’s six buildings over the course of the school day Wednesday.”
Bohonowicz explained: “The problem was not caused by fresh coats of wax melting, as initially reported, but by the buildup of condensation caused when high, humid outside temperatures hit the cool ground-level floors. He said the slick conditions that resulted have occurred in the past during the summer months, when school is not in session, but not by the time classes resume in the September. This week’s hot, humid temperatures, however, took their toll. He noted that humidity levels were 72 percent Wednesday when students and staff reported chairs sliding across floors and people falling.”