(KMOV.com) – A busted water pipe is forcing dozens of students at Shenandoah Valley Elementary School to temporarily attend a different school in the Parkway School District.
The cold temps caused a water main break at the Chesterfield school, which has flooded some offices and classrooms as well as the school’s library.
According to officials, a school resource officer was making his rounds when he saw standing water that happened after a pipe burst in one of the bathrooms.
District officials say about 40 percent of the building is damaged.
The school, which contains Kindergarten through fifth grade, will be closed through Friday.
Starting Monday, all 88 fifth-graders will have four core classes at neighboring Highcroft Elementary. All 67 fourth-graders will take classes in other classes at the school.
The fifth-graders will take a normal bus to Shenandoah Valley, where they will take their gym, art and music classes. They’ll take a bus to Highcroft for core class lessons, then head back to Shenandoah to get on their regular bus route or be picked up.
District officials say they hope to be back to normal within a few weeks. The school has to replace drywall and possibly some carpeting.
Officials say about nine pipes broke at nine different schools within the district. Out of those, eight of them were fixable.