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Boiler overheats, closes St. Matthew Catholic School in CR

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Update: Classes have been canceled on Tuesday, Nov. 18 for St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School.

Students showed up at St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School expecting a day full of classes, and then the lights went off.

"Everybody just started like cheering and were like 'Yay the lights are out, I bet there's going to be no school,'" said Luke Efting, a 5th Grader.

When a boiler overheated, it shut off the school's electricity and the result was no heat for the building.

"The music room, like, it was really cold and the lights just like turned off and usually it's really warm so I could tell something was kind of wrong," said Luke.

With temperatures in the teens and wind chills even colder, the school canceled classes.

"It was really cold," said John Efting, a 5th Grader. "I thought it was just going to be a normal day going to school and then going home but instead it turns out there's no school."

The school sent an email to parents, telling them what happened and asking them to come back to get their kids.

"A little bit inconvenient but that's okay," said Matt Giorgio, a parent.

The church is it's own building with a separate heating system.

So the school brought all the kids inside the church to wait while their parents came back to pick them up.

For around 200 kids, there's already been one day off of school with months of winter weather to come.

The elementary school will remain closed Tuesday but the early childhood center and pre-school will be open.

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