Extreme low temperatures caused pipes at Nellie Bennett School to burst Tuesday, and three classes remain displaced from their original rooms as repairs are complete.
Prior to students’ arrival at school January 7, a pipe burst, affecting a small number of classrooms on the school’s second floor, said Point Pleasant Schools spokesperson Jacquelyn Goss.
"Fortunately, the incident occurred before students were present, so the school administration was able to act quickly and diverted the incoming students, who were scheduled to be in the affected classrooms, to the cafeteria while the district’s facilities department worked on repairing the pipe and cleaning the affected classrooms," she said.
Staff were able to repair the break very quickly and most second floor classes were reopened within a couple hours, although some of the ancillary equipment is still in the repair process in a couple classrooms, Goss said. As of today, three classes remain in alternate accommodations within the school.
Point Pleasant schools' facilities department was on site immediately working to repair the pipe, she said, and the district also called in an outside contractor to assist with the repairs.
Among the tasks: repairing the breached pipe and reinforcing other pipes throughout the school, which they reinstalled prior to the students return to school today.
Some areas in the school building are experiencing intermittent heating interruptions, Goss said, but the majority of the building’s heating systems have not been affected and are working properly at the elementary school.
In rooms with heating issues, those students are moved to alternate areas for instruction, such as the cafeteria, until the heat kicks back on, she said. Facilities staff are working to repair the heat issue now as well.