Busted pipe forces students to Ashe Center

Posted at 1:39 PM, Jan 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-28 13:39:39-05

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) - As parents of Carver Elementary School students dropped their children off at school Tuesday morning, they learned classes were being held at the Arthur Ashe Center.

"It was very unexpected this morning," Carver parent Victor Williams said.

In addition to telling parents as they dropped their children off at school, the school system made automated phone calls.

"They called me this morning at 6:00 a.m. and told me school would be in session," Williams said.

Classes continued today, one week after they were cancelled due to wintry weather. Classes were cancelled again Monday because of a water main break in the area.

Not wanting to miss another day of school, the Ashe Center was converted into a makeshift school.

"It is what it is," Carver parent Valoria Owens said.  "It's just a bunch of kids in one room there."

Owens said it was controlled chaos to turn the center into classrooms.

The concern from some parents centered around how students who walk to school were expected to get to the center.  CBS 6 took that concern to Richmond School Board member Kimberly Gray.

"There are buses that are at the school for kids who walk or get dropped off," Gray said.  "And they [the buses] are going to come back around to make sure there aren't any late arrivals that haven't heard the news."

Gray added some of the old pipes inside the school are being replaced, adding to the school delay.