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A water main break at the intersection of 12 Avenue Southwest and Vaughan Street resulted in the closure of Sacred Heart School on Wednesday.
School hopes to reopen classrooms on Friday
Celeste York bought lunch for the staff at Sacred Heart Community School on Wednesday.
The director of education for the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division (HTCSD) didn’t want them to have to worry about cooking.
That was one of the few positives on a day when students who would normally be learning about long division, spelling new words and running around in the gymnasium, were not seen at the school.
“The city informed us (Tuesday) night that there was a major water main break nearby the school,” said York. “They are very concerned.”
By approximately 9 p.m. that night, Principal Justin Clewis and staff at Sacred Heart immediately began calling parents individually to let them know that classes on Wednesday were cancelled.
Thursday’s classes are also cancelled after City of Moose Jaw crews were unable to fix the problem on Wednesday.
The Times-Herald contacted Duane Grado, the city’s public works manager, but our calls and emails were not returned.
This water main break – one of many currently dogging the city – occurred along 12 Avenue Southwest, near the school.
York noted that it’s not unusual for water main breaks in Moose Jaw to cause disruptions to HTCSD schools, but this one has the potential to be more severe.
“The ground could be unsafe,” she said. “They are looking at the possibility of a sinkhole.”
York explained there are two issues associated with this water main break for the school: safety and sanitation.
“You've got the safety around the school with kids walking around and 300 kids in a building all day long who need water,” York said. “But when it's a protractive length of time and you've got kids staying for lunch, you need to have access to water. It's a sanitation issue.”
Although no teaching occurred Wednesday, nor will any take place Thursday, Sacred Heart teachers remain busy because it’s report card writing time.
“Even if it wasn't report card writing time we (have) professional development,” said York.
Sacred Heart and the HTCSD will continue to monitor the situation and hope to have classes resume on Friday, which was scheduled to be a professional development day.
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