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Edison Students Get Day Off

February 6, 2014, 5:08 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Edison Students Get Day Off

Conferences will go on as scheduled and students will be back in class tomorrow at Edison Middle School, after a water main break forced the district to make a last minute decision to cancel classes this morning.

School officials and contractors had to act fast, to get pooling water out of the building and into the streets.

"There's some electrical power down there, so we had to shut power off in the boiler room. No water got into the school, except for in the boiler room. Which is lower than the lower level of the school," Director of Operational Services for the Sioux Falls School District Jeff Kreiter said. 

Some students were at the school early for other activities, but once faculty realized there was no drinking water or water for the bathrooms, parents were called back to the school to get their kids.

"They called right away and they even made the bus pass by in case somebody didn't receive the message and the child expected to be on the bus. So they did a good job," parent Daniela Korakli said. 

"It was quick. I hadn't left the house yet, so that was a good thing," parent Todd Thompson said. 

The quick response gave many parents a chance to adjust their schedules.

"Yeah, I had plans through the day, so it was a surprise but hopefully they will be having it fixed by tomorrow," Korakli said. 

"Came over here to drop her off, so I could be able to go to work. So I don't know yet if I'm going to go to work or not," parent Gabriela Nail said.

And some parents were content letting their kids enjoy the day off, home alone.

"Luckily she's old enough that I can still go to work and not have to worry about finding somebody to watch her," parent Tasha Jorgenson said.

"I'll run him back home and then I'll probably swing back at lunch time and feed him. He'll be good," Thompson said.

An automated system based in Utah was used to send out the school cancellation this morning. But the alert was accidentally sent to students' phones, and not parents. That problem was quickly fixed.

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