Newport, RI – After being closed on Tuesday, October 30th and Wednesday, October 31st due to a water main break, Rogers High School will reopen on Thursday, November 1st.

The following announcement was received from Newport Public Schools on Wednesday afternoon;

A temporary water service has been installed at Rogers High School and the Newport Area Career & Technical Center, allowing both facilities to reopen as usual tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, 2018. Administration Offices will also reopen.

Work has begun to install a new water service to the school.

Until that time, Newport Public Schools is advising students that the water is not recommended for drinking.  It is safe for hand washing. Water for food preparation will be boiled following the guidelines from the RI Department of Health.  Students and staff are encouraged to bring water in bottles as they normally do.  Bottles of water will also be available through the generous donation of school food service provider, Chartwell’s and Coca-Cola Bottling of Southeastern New England for Thursday and Friday classes.

The school posted the following on their website early Tuesday morning;

No school for Rogers and NACTC 10/30/18
We had a water main leak and have no water in the building. NO ONE SHOULD REPORT TO THE HIGH SCHOOL OR NACTC TODAY 10/30

Newport Public Schools emailed the following announcement at approximately 10:29 am on Tuesday;

The Newport School Committee School Building Subcommittee scheduled from 5:30 – 7:30 on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, has been canceled due to the water main break in Rogers High School. The meeting will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Rogers Principal Jared Vance tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that school would be closed again on Wednesday;

Newport Public Schools issued the following press release around 6 pm on Tuesday;

A water service line to Rogers High School failed under the library and was discovered by the custodial staff on Monday. With the assistance of the Newport Fire Department and the City of Newport, the break was examined and pumps were put in place to alleviate the situation.

During the evening, one of the pumps failed at which time, City officials determined that water needed to be shut off to prevent damage to the building.

As a result, school was cancelled for Tuesday, October 30.

On Tuesday, the break was further examined by the City of Newport in association with industry experts to develop a plan which includes the installation of a temporary water service to allow for minimal school calendar impact while a new water service is installed for the facility.

At this time, there will be no school for Rogers High School and the Newport Area Career & Technical Center on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. School is expected to reopen on Thursday, November 1, 2018. 

Administration offices located at Rogers High School will also be closed on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 however telephone messages and e-mail will be monitored and returned as needed.

Updates to the school community will be provided beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Seth Magaziner, General Treasurer of Rhode Island used the school closure to remind voters to support Question 1 in the General Election next week.

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