Classes expected to resume Thursday after water main break closes 3 Midvale schools

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MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Three schools in Midvale were canceled Wednesday after a water-pipe break left the schools without water.

The City reported the break at 8000 South State Street.

Midvale Middle, Midvale Elementary and Copperview Elementary schools were closed early Wednesday.

“When we made this decision, we looked at the temperature. It was 34 degrees, it would have been very difficult to ask a second grader — or even a teacher, for goodness sakes — to brave 34-degree weather to go outside and use the restroom,” said Jeff Haney with Canyons School District.

“It didn’t make a lot of sense for us. What made sense is for us to cancel school for the day, and allow those kids to go home to be in a safe place where they can get water and use the restroom,” added Haney.

Midvale City crews worked on the water main break all day; the expectation is school will happen as usual on Thursday.

For those students Wednesday who couldn’t get an early ride home, the district brought in pallets of water and portable restrooms.

“Our faculty and staff stayed at the schools til the end of the school day, so they had supervision throughout the day. We provided sack lunches to the students, so they did get something to eat, and then at the end of the school day, the parents could come and pick them up as they usually do,” said Haney.

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