Byron, MN (KROC-AM News) - Students have been sent home from another Rochester area school due to concerns about the impact of the heavy snow on the roof of the building.

The Byron School District this morning issued an email to parents of students attending the Byron Middle School that classes would be dismissed for the day at 9:30 AM. The message indicated it was due to concerns associated with the deep snow covering the school’s roof.

Byron Public Schools Superintendent Joey Page issued the following statement.

Due to the weight of accumulated snow on the Byron Middle School roof, there was some visible sagging. As a safety measure, students and staff were sent home early today. There is concern regarding whether the accumulated snow may affect some important utilities -- electrical conduits, sprinkler systems, and heating pipes -- so the school district wanted to have these issues evaluated by engineers. At this time we have not received any information that the roof presents any direct threat to student and staff safety. I will keep you updated with further information.

Yesterday, the Rochester School District sent students home from Gage Elementary School after a member of the school’s staff noticed a slighting bowing of some ceiling tiles. A spokesperson says it was decided to cancel classes to allow the snow to be removed from the roof and have an engineer conduct a structural assessment. That process is continuing today at the Rochester School.

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