Gibson Southern high school students return to class under a water boil advisory

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GIBSON COUNTY, IN (WEHT) – School was back in session for Gibson Southern High School students on Friday, after they were released early Thursday due to a water main break.

“When the town first notified us, they thought it would be a fairly quick fix. We thought we could keep school in session. The more they realized, it was going to take longer than they thought,” says Assistant Superintendent Tim Armstrong.

A water line was cut during a construction project that led the water department to put a boil advisory into effect.

Gibson Southern school officials resumed classes Friday with precautionary measures in place.

“Water fountains are turned off. You know, we have signs posted in areas where there might be faucets such as bathrooms, ” says Principal Scott Reid.

“So far, I think it’s been a minor inconvenience for people. It’s especially tough on the cafeteria and janitorial staff, ” Armstrong adds.

“Were using styrofoam plates for every meal so we had to put in another large order for styrofoam plates so they are just doing everything they can to prepare meals without, you know, using water. It’s a challenge because it’s just not normal.”

Another issue school officials faced was if the homecoming game and dance would go on as scheduled.

“It would have been a very big deal to change. There would have been a lot of broken hearts if we had to move the dance and all that fun stuff.”

Armstrong says although the festivities will continue as planned, their focus is safety.

“The safety of students is our number one priority. Parents trust us with their kids and we take that as a holy crusade to keep their kids safe.”

School officials have been communicating with the water department. It may be a few days before the water boil advisory is lifted.

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(This story was originally published on January 17, 2020)

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