No heat prompts warning from Windham school - WFSB 3 Connecticut

No heat prompts warning from Windham school

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The Windham Center School. (WFSB file) The Windham Center School. (WFSB file)
WINDHAM, CT (WFSB) -

Parents of students at the Windham Center School have been told to have their children bundle up.

School officials said a boiler problem has left the building without heat. They said they tried to turn the boiler on last week but it didn't work.

A new boiler has been ordered and was being installed on Thursday.

The school has two boilers in case one fails, but in this case, the second boiler broke as the first one was being replaced.

They're hoping to have it up and running no later than Tuesday. However, everyone said they are keeping their fingers crossed that it will be ready over the weekend.

The school has been using space heaters to keep everyone warm.

On Thursday, the school custodian used a thermometer to make sure the space heaters were sufficiently heating classrooms.

"We’ve had kids comes in not in their uniforms and just come comfortable. We’ve had a pajama day. So we’ve had a lot of fun with it. Dancing around making the classrooms warm and stuff like that," said Principal Kathleen Goodwin.

With the coldest temperatures of the season expected for the end of the week, students and staff were told to warmly dress.

"Everybody has been pretty okay because we’re wearing our coats and our scarves and everything and we’re layering up. I worry about the kids more some of them are still coming to school short sleeves and not as warm," said Pat Elliott, who is a school volunteer.

There is no school on Friday because of the Veterans Day holiday.

The principal says if temperatures get low by the beginning of next week they’ll delay opening to heat up the school and if it gets dangerously cold, school will be canceled.

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