Update: Diss High School explains decision to shut following water shortage

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
12:50 PM

A school has defended its decision to close just after the start of the day because of problems with running water.

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Properties in the north east area of Diss were left without water this morning (Tuesday) after a burst to a six-inch main on Walcot Green.

Diss High closed its doors as a result of the problem shortly after children had arrived, and buses returned to take them home.

Head Jan Hunt said the building had been without water since 6am, but a decision to close had not been taken as staff had been “optimistic” it could be resolved by the time school began at 9am.

Dr Hunt added: “Unfortunately, Anglian Water had not resolved the problem and could not give a time-scale for completion.

“In the interests of health and hygiene, it was impossible for the school to stay open.

“It is always difficult to decide when to close a school. We could have made a knee-jerk reaction at 6am only to find the problem was quickly resolved.”

She added that the decision could not have been taken before children arrived as the school had been waiting for further information from Anglian Water.

Pupils were given access to telephones to contact parents and carers, and the school was closed for the remainder of the day.

It is thought more than 100 homes were affected by the problem with either a complete loss of water or low water pressure.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said that the majority of homes were reconnected by about 9.45am, with a further 18 re-connected a few hours later.

He added: “We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and disruption and thank customers for their patience.”

9 comments

  • “In the interests of health and hygiene, it was impossible for the school to stay open.", but companies had to remain open, for business (if there are any around there).

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    "V"

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Responsible Parent - the clue is in the job title headTEACHER !

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • The usual ignorant comments from Vile and NJ....do you honestly think a company, factory whatever with over 800 people in it is allowed to stay open without running water and toilets....it beggars belief how u 2 use any opportunity to attack schs....PATHETIC.

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    Sportswagon

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Responsible Parent - the clue is in the job title headTEACHER !

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Norfolk John..read carefully now, "it was the headteacher" who made that decision. Not the teachers. Who quite possible had to stay anyway.

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    Responsible parent

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Typical teachers – any excuse for a day off!

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Schools operate in loco parentis. Companies by and large do not. Child labour is a bit frowned upon these days. Perhaps they could have used buckets for loos and collected water from the guttering.

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    a fine city

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Reading fail Norfolk Jonny!. I used your words not the headlines which didn't say "teachers" Its ok you were wrong, apology accepted ;-)

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    Responsible parent

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Why anyone should question closing the school defeats me, especially since the water company would not hazard a time for a return to normal supply A school with several hundred pupils and a finite number of loos can only go so many no-flushes before there is a serious mess. A business-although not perhaps a large one-has the option of adult employees hanging on and then popping out to the nearest cafe or pub with water.This is not an option with a school . That the EDP had to ask the question is typical of what we have come to expect from them

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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