UPDATE: The Department of Education has confirmed Kingsley Primary School did not send students home – despite conflicting reports – after a sewage overflow this morning.
In a statement, a spokeswoman said the school had not been shut down, despite a Facebook post on the school’s P and C page indicating otherwise.
KINGSLEY Primary School in Armadale was reportedly shut down after what an eyewitness said was a ‘significant’ sewage explosion this morning.
The explosion occurred early this morning before school started.
A statement on the school P and C’s Facebook page said the school had been shut down.
The statement, which appears to be from the principal, said the school was closed.
“There has been a sewerage overflow and it is a health hazard. Please keep your children at home as we do not have any toilet facilities available.”
An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said there was a significant amount of damage.
“As teachers were starting to arrive, there was a hell of a rumble, followed by a significant explosion which put sewage up walls, in the under-cover area, grass and toilets,” he said.
However, a Department of Education spokeswoman said earlier that the school had not sent students home and had cordoned off the area instead.
“I spoke to the principal this morning and they had a sewage spill in the undercover area,” she said.
“They’ve got plumbers out there at the moment doing urgent work to rectify the situation.
“Students have been moved to the other end of the school, away from the affected area.”
More to come.