Denver school, special needs facility remain closed due to hail damage

Monday's hail storm is not only affecting drivers and homeowners. Hundreds of children and adults with developmental disabilities - aren't getting the services they need.

KUSA - A Denver public school as well as a special needs facility remained closed Tuesday due to hail damage.

Beach Court Elementary in Chaffee Park lost nearly 100 windows from lime-sized hail that fell in Northwest Denver Monday afternoon.

In some cases,the putty that holds the school’s glass in place was dislodged, which leads to potential asbestos exposure for students and teachers.

The storm hit after the school day ended, but in a statement, DPS says it quarantined the area, not letting students and faculty near the broken window seals.

The school did not said if any students were exposed to asbestos after the storm hit.

"While members of the DPS Facilities team worked to assess the damage, they noticed, in some of the rooms, the glass just broke,"  DPS spokeswoman Alex Renteria said. "In other rooms, the hail caused the glass to completely dislodge from the putty which holds the glass in place and keeps out the weather, 'glazing,' causing the glazing to crack. 

The Laradon Society for Exceptional Children and Adults in Globeville also stayed closed Tuesday.

The school offers speech and team-building courses, but had to cancel classes for the rest of the week after they reported between $2 million and $3 million worth of hail damage.

Ninety skylights shattered, allowing hail to rain down into classrooms and cause minor flooding.

The nonprofit says all 17 of its buildings have some sort of damage such as broken windows, siding and roofs.

“I'm still stunned at the magnitude of the damage,” president and CEO Doug McNeill said. “It almost looks like a hurricane or tornado came through here. It's been a little hard to process, but the great thing about Laradon is that our staff and teams just came together. We all pitched in.”

The center says insurance will pick up most of the damage costs.

It estimates it will take five months to fully repair all damages.

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