Sandymount Elementary School.
Sandymount Elementary School. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

Flooding caused Sandymount Elementary School to close Monday, Nov. 26, the first day back for students after Thanksgiving break.

According to the Carroll County Public Schools’ website, the school will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 27. School is scheduled to open for students on Wednesday, Nov. 28, according to the alert on the CCPS website. Ten- and 11-month teachers and staff should report at their regular time on Tuesday.


Brenda Bowers, communications manager for CCPS, said at about 11:15 am. Monday that a heating coil in the kitchen burst and spewed water for a “significant amount of time” before it was discovered. Steve Johnson, assistant superintendent of instruction, originally said a water heater pipe broke and flooded portions of the school.

Johnson said they do not know what caused the break, and don’t know if it was related to the cold weather over Thanksgiving.

Johnson said they’re also not yet sure how long it was before the break was discovered.

“There was pretty extensive flooding,” Johnson said, adding that it affected the cafeteria, hallways and classrooms.

Staff are at the school working to mitigate the situation, he said.

“We’re going to do our best to clean it up today and have kids back as soon as we can,” Johnson said.