And it is true that it takes words for adults to explain to children how four classes of the school group of this village in the south of the Landes were destroyed by a fire, which was noticed around 2 pm on Sunday. Dax’s prosecutor’s office decided “not to communicate” except to confirm that “an investigation is underway”. Entrusted to the gendarmes of the dacquois investigative brigade, it is said to be aimed at a criminal origin.
The fire broke out in a garbage can installed on the exterior facade of the building
Several elements indicate that the fire broke out in a rubbish bin installed on the building’s exterior facade, before spreading to the wooden cladding of the kindergarten forecourt and adjacent leisure centre. According to a known source, the deliberate origin of the disaster could not be established to date. Witnesses nevertheless informed the investigators about the presence of a group of people near the crime scene a few minutes before the fire was reported to the fire brigade.
Tosse’s parents’ association – Los Moskitosse – is appealing for donations after the fire that destroyed four classrooms in the city’s school on Sunday, September 18. An online kitty has opened on the Helloasso platform under the title “Make a donation to APE Los Moskitosse to help the school fight the fire”. The funds raised will be used to meet the material needs of the school’s teaching staff.
“The most important thing is to know how we are going to reorganize the school”, emphasizes the mayor of Tosse, Jean-Claude Daulouède. To be able to take care of children who cannot be cared for elsewhere, the Maremne room has been transformed into a play area from the end of Sunday afternoon. Coffee tables and sofas were transported from the school’s media library, which was located in an area spared from the flames. The Parents’ Association’s call for donations results in an abundance of board games and other toys.
The children are only about fifteen years old on this first day of school of the week. Three psychologists were sent to Tosse to listen to the words of the students, their parents, the teachers and the after-school care staff. This psychological support will be possible again this Tuesday, the day when decisions must be made to consider the return to the classroom of the 230 students enrolled in the Toss school group.
“The deadline will be very short for students in the primary school classes,” assures Bruno Brevet. The Academy superintendent came this Monday morning to express his “support for teachers who have lost their work tools” and to discuss possible solutions with the council and Dax’s deputy prefect, Thierry Baron.
to school somewhere else?
According to Bruno Brevet, “two scenarios” would arise. Both provide the education of some of Toss’s students in neighboring towns, through the provision of rooms and equipment. “Which materials can we have, where and for which pupils: those from kindergarten or primary school? “, remarks Jean-Claude Daulouède. The mayor is considering the size of the tables and chairs, as well as the organization of school transport, after-school care and meals for 120 toddlers and 220 primary students.
The school group’s canteen has survived the disaster, as have the oldest buildings of this school, which was inaugurated in 1963. Provided their atmosphere was not affected by the fire’s toxic fumes, and once minor upgrades were made, 9 of the 13 classes would be able to accommodate students again.