Lexington County middle school closing early due to water main break, officials say

Students and staff at multiple schools are being affected by a water main break, Lexington County School District One said Tuesday morning.

A water line broke in front of Gilbert High School, chief communications officer Mary Beth Hill told The State.

There is no water at Gilbert Middle School, which will close early as service was disrupted by the break and repairs, according to Hill. The middle school is the only Lexington One school closing early.

Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m., after lunch is served, Hill said. The middle school is expected to operate on a normal schedule Wednesday when the building is reopened.

Before announcing the early dismissal, the school district supplied students and staff with bottled water and hand sanitizer.

Additionally, Hill said toilets at the middle school continued to flush in spite of the water main break.

The break did not affect the water at the high school, but it caused another issue during morning drop off.

The location of the break, and repairs, caused traffic to be blocked at the front of the high school, and drivers were rerouted to the back of the campus.

The school district was originally told repairs were expected to take a couple of hours to complete, but just said the fixes are taking longer than expected — prompting the early dismissal.

Gilbert-Summit Rural Water District customers in the area surrounding the schools have also had their water service affected by the break, WLTX reported.

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