Water line breaks, cancels school

Marie Loest, Reporter

Thursday, October 7, near 17th street and I-135 a main water line broke. Places such as Sedgwick Country, City of Benton, Rose Hill, and Valley Center were affected. Family, home, workplaces, and even school were also affected.

Wichita Public Schools  made the call Thursday evening to cancel school for Friday.

“Based on the water main break that our city has experienced, we will NOT have school tomorrow, on Friday, October 8. While the city has reported that the problem has been fixed, we are still under a boil water advisory. Because of this, we can’t have school without the ability to provide water for our students. With 47,000 students and nearly 10,000 employees, we do not have a sufficient supply of bottled water for everyone, and it is impossible to secure a quantity this large in a short period of time,” District Spokesperson Wendy Johnson said in an email to parents, students and staff.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment advises the city to issue a boil order through at least Saturday morning. They are recommending to boil water for up to one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or just use bottled water. They are also suggesting to not use ice from automatic ice makers.

One of the biggest questions facing North students was whether the Homecoming Football game and Homecoming Dance would still take placed as scheduled.

The questions about the North High events were answered this morning at 8:20A.M. Wichita North Athletics twitter page posted this,

“Homecoming football game VS. Wichita West Friday October 8, 2021 7P.M South Carpenter Stadium. Homecoming dance Saturday October 9, 2021 6P.M at North High.”