Lone Pine Elementary Closed Due to Burst Pipe
Classes canceled on Monday and Tuesday, but as pipe contained clean water, no health hazards are obvious.
Last week, students at Bloomfield Hills Lone Pine Elementary School, and all students in the Bloomfield and Bloomfield Hills, were home because of the first official 'snow day' of 2013. This week it's not weather keeping children out of class.
Students at Lone Pine will stay home on Monday and Tuesday while crews work to repair a ruptured heating pipe, school officials said in an email to parents.
A heating pipe in a radiator burst sometime this weekend, according to Principal Mary Hillberry, causing clean tap water which was steaming hot to flood the school. Bloomin' Kids preschools, which are operated at the same site, were closed Monday but are scheduled to reopen on Tuesday morning.
District officials canceled classes early Monday morning as crews worked to repair the pipe, dry and treat the carpets, and dehydrate the air, Hillberry said. Later Monday morning, parents were notified that K-3 classes would be canceled on Tuesday as well.
Hillberry said that flooding was contained in the media center area and surrounding classrooms, particularly those closest to the radiator. Hillberry added that flooding was only at floor level, so damage to classroom materials and student work "appears minimal."
"Our goal is to have classrooms fully back in order, with furniture and other classroom materials right back in place where the students left them by the time that bell rings on Wednesday morning," Hillberry said.