Gill Elementary students bused to neighboring schools following basement flood

Franklin County

More than 30 inches of water flooded the basement of Gill Elementary School, forcing the school to close on Monday. 

“It was a lot of water,” said Principal Connor Driscoll. 

Driscoll said there was no damage to any classrooms, and they are assessing what supplies in the basement were ruined by the water. 

The Gill Fire Department was able to pump out the water, according to Driscoll. But the building remained closed Tuesday so that repairs to the boiler and water heater could be made. 

So, the district came up with a plan to send students to school in Turners Falls to have a normal day of learning. 

“They think it’s kind of an adventure,” said Driscoll about the students. “We’re incredibly grateful to have such an amazing community, and such a great team of teachers and students who are adaptable and able to roll with it.”

Students were dropped off like normal at Gill Elementary, and then bused over to either Sheffield Elementary School or Hillcrest Street School, depending on grade. Driscoll told 22News full classes were able to be kept together to be taught in classrooms that were currently empty here. 

Breakfast and lunch were provided to students, who were bused home as normal at the end of the day. 

Parents told 22News the plan worked well. 

Driscoll said Gill Elementary could open back up as soon as Wednesday, but he will be keeping parents updated with any new information he receives. 

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