Jefferson City Public Schools close after water main breaks
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Jefferson City Public Schools close after water main breaks

Date: October 23, 2012
By: Taylor Beck
State Capitol Bureau

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Parents inconvenienced, but not suprised, by Jefferson City Public Schools closing after water main break.
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Wrap: All 18 Jefferson City Public School buildings closed early Tuesday after a water main break.

Assistant Superintendent for Jefferson City Public Schools David Luther says they inform parents with automatic calls and texts and posted closings online.

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Description: "Based on just a couple of Facebook comments, they weren't suprised. Because I'm sure a lot of families are in the exactly same position as we are and they're tying to figure out what they're going to do today."

After school care programs were also cancelled.

South Elementary School parent Rosa Stone says the school closing was a big inconvenience.

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Description: "I had to leave work early to come all the way over here. I try and find someone to pick my kids up but I couldn't."
 
Students were in class long enough to count as a full school day.
 
Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Taylor Beck.

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A water main break in Jefferson City forced local schools to shut down.
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Wrap: A water main break in Jefferson City caused all eighteen public school buildings to close Tuesday afternoon.

An Assistant Superintendent for Jefferson City Public Schools David Luther says only about a third of the schools were affected by the break.

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Description: "What we have to do, we can't just close a few we have to close all schools."

Luther says all schools let out three and a half hours after their start times.

He says school officials will meet to discuss if school will resume.

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Description: "We just have to cross that bridge when we get to it. We'll have a plan A, B, and C I'm sure."
 

Luther says the superintendent has not decided if they will make up the missed hours.

Students were in session long enough to count as a school day.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Taylor Beck.


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