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Sherman Elementary to go virtual for two days following water main break

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WATERTOWN — Sherman Elementary School will remain physically closed until at least Thursday following a water main break that occurred over the weekend.

Repairs wrapped up Monday, and the water has been turned back on, but testing must be completed over the next few days before business as usual can resume. Sherman Elementary students will be fully remote for at least Tuesday and Wednesday, and that may be extended depending on the results of the water sample testing.

“If we have any glitches with testing of the water samples, I will be updating our parents through ParentSquare,” said District Superintendent Patricia B. LaBarr. “We just have to get through the timestamps on the required time on the water testing, and hopefully we pass everything and we come back to school on Thursday.”

According to Mrs. LaBarr, the first water was sampled at 3 p.m. Monday. Twenty-four hours later, a second water sample will need to be collected. The first test should come back in 16 hours, so Mrs. LaBarr said the district is hoping for results by around noon Tuesday to see if there is anything present in the water that shouldn’t be.

Chromebook pick-up has been extended in the Sherman gymnasium between 8 and 10 a.m. Tuesday. On Monday, the school had rotating staff in the gym for parents and students to go and pick up their Chromebooks. The district also sent out three buses in the afternoon to all of its bus students to give them the option to pick up their Chromebooks at their usual bus pickups.

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