School officials in Fairfield said Fairfield Ludlowe High School suffered roof damage after powerful storms ripped through the area Thursday morning.
Fifteen classrooms on the second floor of the Warner House were damaged as a result. Students at the school were dismissed early Thursday morning, and classes have been canceled for Friday.
"It isn't like some old roof that was really on its last legs, so we're really surprised," said Fairfield Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Title.
Title said he knew something was up at about 5 a.m. when rain water triggered the fire alarm.
"Water pouring in through the ceiling. The floors were damp," he said. "I wore boots and water was coming from everywhere."
The extent of the damage was not known until school buses already arrived Thursday, so students in the 15 affected classrooms were relocated to the school gymnasium, and other classes ran as scheduled until school was dismissed at 10:15 a.m.
"By 9:30 a.m., it was obvious we weren't going to be able to sustain that, so we sent the kids home at 10:15," Title said
After the discovery of the damage, the school district's roof contractor was notified and went to the school to assess the damage. In addition, members of the school district's maintenance crews worked to begin the mitigation process.
The Fairfield Fire Department, building department and other contractors were at the school to inspect the damage and provide further assistance. Nearly 50 contractors will be working to fix the rubber roof membrane Friday.
School officials are working on a plan to relocate students in the affected classrooms when the school is cleared to reopen. School will be back in session on Monday.
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