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Boil Order Causes Three-Day School Closure

September 26, 2018
Wetzel Chronicle

Students who attend school in Paden City missed three days of school recently due to a boil water order in the town. The boil order was announced Thursday, Sept. 20 and was due to a "catastrophic well failure." It was noted the well failure caused the town's water system to be "critically low on the stored water." The boil order was then anticipated to be in effect for 48-72 hours.

On Tuesday morning, it was announced that the boil order had been lifted.

Paden City Elementary and Paden City High schools were closed for Friday, Sept. 21, Monday, Sept. 24, and Tuesday, Sept. 25. PCHS Principal Jay Salva noted his frustration with the situation.

"I am disappointed in the situation. I was hoping it would be resolved over the weekend; however, circumstances did not allow that," he noted.

"My hope is that we will have school on Wednesday. I know my staff is ready for the students to come back, and I know a majority of the students are ready to come back. Now the students will be three days behind on instruction, so my staff has been working on a plan to get that missing instruction caught up. We can't makeup the time, obviously, but the teachers will be focused on the task to catch their students up to speed in their curriculum."

Salva said PCHS' staff has been busy during the missed days, planning and taking part in professional development. Some students also chose to come to school to work on their cardboard boats, in preparation for the scheduled Sept. 27 Matthew Barker Cardboard Boat Regatta, slated for 10 a.m. Thursday and weather permitting.

Salva said extracurricular events have continued, because staff is able to provide bottled water. Also, many of the students have brought their own bottled water for those events.

Salva said Sept. 24-28 is Spirit Week for PCHS, and PCHS had planned for a visit from the WVU Mountaineer. However, "Unfortunately, he is not available the rest of the week, but he will come visit later in the school year."

Salva hoped the water situation would be resolved Tuesday, so PCHS could "get back to business on Wednesday."



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