A broken water line discovered this morning caused both Wolf Lake Elementary and Middle Schools to be without air conditioning and water today, according to Caroll Grimando, principal at both schools.
"Water had to be shut down, but we waited until bottled water arrived on campus," she said. "We had to bring in portolets and because water is needed to run the air conditioners, we have been without air."
The AC issue also affected the elementary school, because both schools are on the same chillers. Many of the students were relocated from the elementary school to portable classrooms that had air conditioning.
The elementary school continued to have running water throughout the day. Automated messages were sent to parents from both schools to alert them to the situation and many parents chose to pick their students up and take them home early, according to Grimando.
"Facilities workers and outside contractors have been here all day working to resolve the issue," she added. "We are expecting full resolution by this evening. We are expecting to have AC at both schools and running water restored to the middle school by this evening. We will continue to use bottled water for drinking at the middle school until the water completes safety testing, which is expected Wednesday night. The school district will be delivering bottled water to WLMS for the next two days."
Grimando says the school will send at least one additional automated message this evening to ensure that information is communicated to parents and they can be assured that the schools will be returning to business as usual tomorrow.
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