CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The water was shut off Thursday morning at a southeast Charlotte school because of a nearby water main break.

The leak started just before 6:00 a.m. on Randolph Road at Billingsley Road. As of 10:00 a.m., at least one lane was open in each direction, and icy patches were being salted. Drivers were advised to go slow or find alternate route.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued a statement Thursday, saying they had adequate water supplies and that accommodations were made for bathroom usage, but one teacher said the toilets were at the brink of overflowing.

With students unable to wash their hands, and so many colds going around, that teacher said she fears many students could get sick.

"If they don't have water, they don't need to come to school until there's water," said Shivon McDaniel, a parent at the school.

Because of the water main break, Billingsville Leadership Academy shut off its water supply. School officials were making plans to handle the situation while continuing classes.