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Shanks Middle School reopens Friday, Jan. 22 after water main break

James A Shanks Middle School
Posted at 12:14 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 18:13:13-05

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) — Gadsden County Public Schools officials announced Thursday that students will be able to return to Shanks Middle School on Friday, after a water main break on Wednesday sent them home indefinitely.

The school said they are still awaiting water test results, but they are providing hand washing stations and bottled water for students and staff for the time being.

Meals for the students will be provided from another school, GCPS said.

The full statement is below:

GCPS released a statement Wednesday afternoon announcing that students will not return to campus indefinitely, and will be learning virtually until the water issues are fixed, after a water main broke earlier in the day.

Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your patience and continued support. Crews are actively working to resolve our water issues. Unfortunately, we will not have the problem resolved before 9 A.M. tomorrow morning. Therefore, students will not return to campus. Instead, they should continue learning via the Google Classroom. Teachers will provide instruction remotely to all students. We will provide updated information regarding reopening the campus no later than 3 P.M. on Thursday afternoon.
Gadsden County Public Schools

Shanks Middle School students were sent home early Wednesday due to a water main break that occurred hours after classes began.

"Repairs are underway to fix the main water line coming into the school," Gadsden County Schools said in a Facebook post. "For the safety of our staff and students, the building will be closed effective immediately."

The school distinct apologized to parents and asked for patience as repairs crews worked to fix the issue.

For more information, those interested are asked to contact the school, with GCS officials saying that updates will be forthcoming.