Briella TomassettiJan 2, 2018, 9:14 pmJan 3, 2018, 12:17 pm

Hempstead students met with flooded classrooms, broken heaters on first school day of 2018

Wintry conditions inside buildings prompt district officials to send kids home


HEMPSTEAD — After nearly two weeks off from school, students in both Prospect and Front Street Elementary schools, as well as Hempstead High School, were sent back home after they arrived Tuesday morning to flooding and freezing cold conditions inside the buildings. The Hempstead School District says Prospect Elementary School and Hempstead High School were both closed due to burst pipes, while Front Street Elementary School was closed because the heat wasn't working.

The district released a brief statement, saying, "We expect all schools, except Prospect, to be open tomorrow. Maintenance is working around the clock to ensure the issues are addressed. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority."

While the other two schools will reopen tomorrow, it's unclear exactly when Prospect will reopen its doors.

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