DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- A broken water fountain caused flooding overnight at Dobbs Ferry High School forcing school officials to close the school early Wednesday.
According to school officials, a water fountain on the third-floor broke off the wall and caused water damage to five classrooms and unsafe conditions in the hallways.
Principal John Falino met with students and informed them that school was going to be closed but that they were welcome to stay in the building if necessary.
"I just spoke to the entire student body and all students were released at 8:30," Falino said via Facebook. "Students were informed that a [message] was sent to their parents and that they are welcome to stay in the building for the day if they have no place to go. We have staff who are supervising both the cafeteria and the library so that students have a warm place to work if they need. The flood did not impact either of those areas."
Assistant Superintendent Sylvia Fassler-Wallach reported that about an inch of water was covering several hallways before school opened.Students remained in the cafeteria while administrators assessed the damage.
The district has brought in a remediation company to assess damage and make necessary repairs.
"We fully expect that all classes will be in session as of tomorrow [Thursday, Jan. 9]," Falino said. "Please note that our district is open today and that all after school activities are on. This includes any athletic events that we have scheduled."
Falino also asked that students download the High School App to their phones.
"This is a perfect example of how the app can be used to get out important information to parents and students," Falino said. "If you have not already done so, please go to the App Store, download the app, and be sure to accept all push notifications."