Kansas school district going to 4-day weeks due to water shortage

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CANEY, Kan. (KAKE) - Beginning October 30, students in USD 436 Caney Valley will go to a four-day school week in order to combat the Montgomery County community's ongoing water crisis.

In a release posted on the district's Facebook page, the district says they are one of the largest consumers of water in the city, and the moves are intended to limit water usage. Because of this, students will not have school on Mondays. In addition, locker room showers will be turned off, and the district will be utilizing trailers with sealed doors on campus, and port-a-potties at athletic events. Accomodations will be made for students and staff with accessibility issues. These changes will remain through semester and will be subject to change.

"Although the district is looking at all areas to continue conserving water, we realize this is a clear way to cut consumption and help ensure our current water supply will last us until rain comes," Superintendent Blake Vargas said.

The district is also considering a modified sports schedule for the remainder of the semester to limit home events. In addition, Atmos Energy has donated water dispensers to replace bottled water.

A town hall meeting to answer questions will be announced soon.

 
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