A water main break at the Deerfield middle and high school meant off-site instruction for middle school students and portable toilets for high school students this week.

In a statement issued Sunday, district officials said the water main break was discovered in the commons area Saturday evening and caused extensive damage to classrooms in the middle school.

The district anticipated water would not be available all week and brought in bottled water, hand-washing stations and portable bathrooms for high school students. A portion of Brictson Street was closed for the week.

Middle school students had no class on Monday and held classes at St. Paul’s Liberty Lutheran Church Education Center and Deerfield Lutheran Church. Lunches were delivered to the churches for the students.

The elementary schools were unaffected.

Superintendent Michelle Jensen said the week went well and they're preparing to bring water back into the school Friday and bring the school back to normal next week.

She said the middle school rooms will be prepared throughout the weekend.

The students are troopers and have coped well with the situation, according to Jensen.

Jensen said the water main runs under an addition to the original school, making it necessary to create a new water main. She said the water was coming up through the foundation.