BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) - Clay Community School officials are groaning and kids rejoicing after one elementary school was shut down Friday for flooding.
Around 3:00 a.m., Brazil police noticed water creeping out from under the exterior doors at Forest Park Elementary School while performing their routine schools checks.
Officials say a water line ruptured in the building causing this flooding.
Several hallways, classrooms and the gym were covered with up to an inch and a half of water.
The water was immediately shut off.
Apparently, a pipe cracked in the boiler room, flooding it and spreading to the rest of the school.
“It appears to be a crack or joint that's separated in the PVC pipe, they're trying to assess how the repairs should be performed,” said Mike Howard, Director of Extended Services.
All Clay Community schools were shut down Friday after the elementary school was closed.
Why? It's the law.
"Following the statute that basically provides that we must have 180 instructional days for all of our schools,” said Kimberly Tucker, superintendent.
According to the Department of Education, if one building cancels, the remainder of the schools in the corporation have to be cancelled, as well.
"Otherwise, there's a financial penalty on the school corporation and to make sure we were absolved of having a financial penalty or also having an attendance penalty for Forest Park Elementary, the determination was made to cancel school district-wide,” said Tucker.
But there is a plan in place.
"Make-up days built into a second week after spring break, so we'll probably be taking the friday after the end of that second week, have schools back in session for that day in spring,” said Tucker.
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