Oklahoma Union Schools wait for water test results; school canceled Monday due to water issues

Posted at 4:18 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 19:35:16-05

COFFEYVILLE -- Monday would have been the first day back from Thanksgiving break for Oklahoma Union Schools students, instead, water issues forced parents like Julie Usher to keep their kids home.

"Luckily I'm a stay at home mom and it doesn't cause me a problem,” said Usher.

School administrators said the water concerns came after the city of Coffeyville lost water pressure from an aersol plant explosion in Neodesha last week. They said although the schools water system never lost pressure, the district's water comes from Coffeyville.

"Any water district that purchases from Coffeyville, they recommended that we be on an advised boil order,” said Oklahoma Union Schools Superintendent Kevin Stacey.

Stacey said two chlorine tests are required to prove the water isn't contaminated. He said canceling school was the best option, until the test results show the water is safe.

"It doesn't do you any good to go to school when you think you have an issue. Just wait until you get the test results,” said Stacey.

Although her daughter is ready to be back in school, Usher said she thinks the district made the right decision by canceling school.

"I think they handled it well. Better to be safe than sorry,” said Usher.

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