Infants school to close for half term early after flooding and fire alarms
A TAVISTOCK infants school undergoing building work was forced to close for half term early after its kitchen was flooded.
St Rumon's Church of England infants school in Dolvin Road, was evacuated yesterday after its fire alarm went off.
It is believed the alarm may have been triggered by dust caused by builders who are replacing the school roof.
In a statement to parents, the school said in addition water had come out of electric sockets and there had been "up to ten centimetres on the floor." The school said the builders "assure us they have fixed the [flooding] problem but that it will continue to be damp for a while."
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As a result of the fire alarm, the children were evacuated to the town hall, in accordance with the school's emergency plan.
The statement added: "We cannot disable the fire alarm and cannot risk a day of walking a school full of young children up and down to the town hall if the alarm is going to keep being activated by dust. The builders assure us that they are going to accelerate the works once we are not underneath the roof and the main building should be fully tiled by the time we get back after half term."
Some parents said they were not alerted to today's closure until late yesterday.
One parent who did not wish to be named, said: "You can't just take time off work at such short notice. I don't blame the school, there's nothing they can do about it, but it does make life difficult."