STOUGHTON, Wis. -

Sandhill Elementary School in Stoughton canceled classes Wednesday after a pipe burst, creating a mess of standing water.

This is the third time this week elementary school students had to stay home. On Monday and Tuesday classes were called off due to the extreme cold.

Dr. Tim Onsager, district administrator, said he received a call at 6 a.m. after faculty discovered the damage while preparing for the students' return.

"It's hard for elementary families to find places for the students to go during the day," Onsager said. "Elementary students are not like middle school or high school (kids), most of the time you cannot leave them alone."

While roughly 500 students stayed home, staff worked with cleanup crews to save what they could. At one point there were 2-3 inches of standing water on the ground.

The library was hardest hit and appeared to be nearly empty as crews mopped up the mess, but water damage made its way to nearby classrooms, through ceiling tiles and the floor below.

The district notified families of the cancellation through an emergency call or email and local media.

Despite the setback, Onsager is optimistic students will be able to return to the classroom on Thursday.