Children's Community School (CCS) Waterbury, CT

Addressing the Recent News

From the Waterbury Republican-American

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

Reported by Michael Gagne


WATERBURY – Children’s Community School on Wolcott Street will reopen on Monday, after air quality test results showed nondetectable levels of asbestos in the school’s building.

The school had closed early Wednesday and remained closed to students on Thursday and today as officials awaited test results on samples collected Wednesday evening.

Children’s Community School Director Ellen Lynch and Principal Katherin Sniffin wrote a letter Thursday to the school’s families, faculty and supporters announcing the reopening.

Sniffin and Lynch noted that city Department of Public Health officials and members of the city’s School Readiness Council came to the school Wednesday morning “and notified us that the children must leave the building immediately.”

“The person making the decision was making the decision based on information from someone that had not been at the school,” they wrote.


front of building

Letter to Parents and Staff

Children’s health and well-being has always been at the core of what the Children’s Community School is all about… for nearly 50 years we have fed, clothed and educated the children in this community. 

On Wednesday morning, the Health Department of the City of Waterbury and the School Readiness Council came to CCS and notified us that the children must leave the building immediately.  The person making the decision was making the decision based on information from someone that had not been at the school.

We apologize for the inconvenience of sending the children home, but we chose to be proactive and get scientific support for our contention that the school continues to be a safe place to learn and work.  We received the report with the following information on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017:

Subject: Children's Community School, Waterbury, CT

The DPH Asbestos Program has received the results from three air samples collected at the Children's Community School in Waterbury, CT on November 29, 2017.  The samples were analyzed earlier today using TEM methods, and there were no asbestos structures detected on any of the samples.  Additionally, we have received reports from two DPH certified Asbestos Project Designers who have inspected the building within the past day.  They independently concur that there are no conditions regarding asbestos containing, or potentially asbestos containing, materials  that would preclude reoccupancy of the building.  Based on this information the DPH is aware of no asbestos related issues that would prevent the school from re-opening


Stephen P. Dahlem

Supervising Environmental Analyst

Asbestos Program

Environmental Health Section

Connecticut Department of Public Health


We look forward to welcoming all faculty and students back on Monday, December 4, 2017.



Children’s Community School lays the foundation for urban students' educational success by offering a robust curriculum and unique experiences, by developing their individual character, and by cultivating strong family involvement.

     Children’s Community School (CCS) provides an educational alternative for low-income families living in the Waterbury area. CCS has been providing a unique, high-quality, private education for 48 years. The educational model and the support of hundreds of volunteers results in a 94% and higher on-time high school graduation rate of our children.

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