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Clay Academy in Woodstock to remain closed Friday after pipe burst

School will resume as usual next week

Clay Academy, a therapeutic day school in Woodstock, will remain closed Friday because a pipe burst in a first-floor classroom and flooded the building.
Clay Academy, a therapeutic day school in Woodstock, will remain closed Friday because a pipe burst in a first-floor classroom and flooded the building.

Clay Academy, a therapeutic day school in Woodstock, will remain closed Friday after a pipe burst in a first-floor classroom and flooded the building Thursday.

The valve on a ceiling pipe burst overnight, apparently because of a defect, according to a Woodstock School District 200 news release.

The school was closed Thursday, and parents were notified by email and phone messages about 7:20 a.m.

Crews shut off the water in the morning, and flood cleanup began immediately, according to the district.

The valve was repaired, and water was turned back on about 9 a.m. Thursday.

“While the pipe has been repaired, the water is back on and the flooding has been cleaned up, contractors are using fans and dehumidifying equipment in the building that they will need to continue operating on Friday. The noise and equipment would be disruptions to classroom instruction. Classes will resume on Monday,” District 200 communications director Kevin Lyons said in a statement.

Lyons said there are no damage estimates yet, but discussions with the district’s insurance company will continue. He said Clay Academy students will not be required to make up these days at the end of the school year.

Clay Academy, one of District 200’s oldest buildings at 112 Grove St., is a therapeutic day school where 85 students with emotional and behavioral needs from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade receive instruction, according to the release.

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