October 10, 2012 (BELOIT) -- 400 students at Robinson Elementary School had the day off today after part of their gym wall collapsed Tuesday evening.
"She's just kinda scared you know? It was kind of scary, but I'm glad the school is doing what they need to do to keep our kids safe," said concerned parent Renee Johns.
Construction crews were working on the foundation of the building when the wall began to slowly crack.
"In Beloit we have an amount of sock boundary sand which has to be extracted from those sites, and as they were digging it away-- it kinda crumbled underneath the foundation and a wall gave way some," said Beloit School Superintendent Steve McNeal.
Crews worked through the night to repair the collapsed wall holding it up to prevent any further damage.
"They've already shored up all of the walls. We are going to buckle down that part for the next couple of months while they get the new construction done in that part," said McNeal.
School officials met with construction workers Wednesday morning to assess the damage, and after a thorough look, they were given the green light to return to school.
And it's a safe return the Beloit School Superintendent credits construction workers and staff at Robinson.
"Our faculty immediately had the kids out of htere within just moments. I mean within minutes. Everybody was evacuated to make sure they could be sure there were no further problems that could affect our kids," said McNeal.