DOZENS of children got an extra day off school today.
Pupils at Kirkburton CE First School were told to stay at home on the first day back after the Christmas holidays as the school was left without water or heating.
Now school staff are hoping Yorkshire Water engineers and Kirklees Council staff can discover what the problem is and put it right.
It is thought water pipes running underground from the road into the school have frozen, but it is not known if they have burst.
Engineers dug down to the main yesterday but were unable to find the cause of the problems.
Deputy head Mrs Patricia Brooke said; “We had no choice but to contact all the parents and let them know we cannot open today.
“There was a problem last week but we were hoping the thaw may have eased the situation.
“We have been liaising with Yorkshire Water and with Kirklees Council and they have said they will do what they can to find the problem and put it right”.
The school has about 120 pupils.
The freezing weather has also forced another Kirklees school to partially shut today.
The Early Years Unit at Field Lane JIN School in Albion Street, Batley, was shut because of water damage from a burst pipe.
It is feared there may be similar problems in shops and businesses when people return today after the 10-day festive break.
Many premises have stood empty in bitterly cold weather.