Students at Helix High School get more time to study for finals after a pipe broke, forcing the school's closure on Tuesday.
A broken pipe forced the cancellation of classes at a San Diego-area high school on a day many students were prepared to take finals.
Muddy water filled the area in front of Helix High School early Tuesday after a pipe broke on school property overnight.
When administrators arrived to work, they thought sprinklers were left on overnight, when they saw so much water flowing downhill.
The old PVC piping was a private line according to the Helix Water District and affected only the buildings on campus, not surrounding businesses or homes.
School administrators quickly contacted parents to inform them students would not be in class while repairs were made.
Helix High Executive Director Mike Lewis, Ph.D. said the broken pipe, discovered around 6 a.m. Tuesday, comes at a bad time for the school.
Students who were scheduled to take finals Tuesday will take the exams on Thursday.
The goal is to have the PVC pipe and water line fixed by Wednesday in time for a teacher development day on campus.