Feb 15, 2016 6:40 PM

No school Tuesday for Pollard Elementary students in Plaistow

Students at the Pollard Elementary School in Plaistow won't have to rise early for the bus Tuesday as workers will be finishing the cleanup of Monday's water problem.

Plaistow Fire Chief John McArdle said Monday that a sprinkler pipe burst in the vestibule near the main entrance, forcing the school to close.

The school's website advises that Tuesday, February 16 has been declared an online learning day.

McArdle said the whole area was soaked, including the administration area and principal's office. The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Monday as the first batch of students were being dropped off after a weather-related delay. He said that the water was draining into the front parking lot and was close to immediately freezing.

Chief McArdle praised the school's efforts to put their emergency plan into play and shuttle the students to the nearby First Baptist church. Students will work off-site Tuesday using their "blizzard bags," he said.

Chief McARdle said the broken pipe was replaced and the fire alarm system will be put back online and water cleanup will be completed before the anticipated return of students Wednesday.

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