Students at Robert Thirsk High School in the city’s northwest were sent home Tuesday afternoon after a problem with frozen water lines.
Officials with the Calgary Board of Education said they will send out a notice to all parents by 6 a.m. Wednesday to confirm whether the school can re-open or not.
While most students were sent home by lunch hour, kids in the school’s adapted learning program and paced learning programs were able to continue working at the Crowfoot Public Library adjacent to the school.
CBE officials said the decision was made to close the school at 11:45 a.m. “to ensure the well-being of students,” explaining that frozen water lines reduced water supplies and restricted access to washrooms.
The school also has limited heat.
“We are currently monitoring this situation closely and working with the City of Calgary and our own staff with respect to repair timelines,” said CBE spokeswoman Megan Geyer.
“We will inform parents as soon as we have more information. We will communicate by 6 a.m. tomorrow morning to inform parents if the school will be open or closed.”
Tuesday’s closure was not the first time Robert Thirsk High School has faced problems with plumbing.
In the months after the school’s opening in the fall of 2013, CBE officials admitted they faced a number of mechanical, electrical and plumbing problems at the site, including flooding on the third floor.