Faster response, better communication at FCHS

Contamination in water lines at Floyd County High School Thursday prompted anxious phone calls from students to parents.

FCHS principal Barry Hollandsworth took quick action to close off the two contaminated lines, posted a letter to parents on the school's web site and sent copies home with students.

Hollandsworth said a pressure valve malfunctioned in the school's boiler system and contaminated water in the cafeteria kitchen and a restroom. Students were warned to not wash their hands in ther rest rooms or drink water from the school's water fountains. The school furnished hand sanitizers and bottled water to students.

I shot a basketball game at FCHS Thursday night and the fountains were working.

Quick action by Hollandsworth and school officials kept parents informed and help allay their fears.  The school avoided a backlash from parents like the one that occured in December 2007 when a water problem at Willis Elementary School was downplayed and buried in the back pages of a newsletter.

UPDATE (Feb. 2, 1:55 p.m.): School officials say they are still working on the problem. The letter from Hollandworth did not say the problem has been  corrected although another school official told me last Thursday night that "the water is fine."

 

Contamination in water lines at Floyd County High School Thursday prompted anxious phone calls from students to parents.

FCHS principal Barry Hollandsworth took quick action to close off the two contaminated lines, posted a letter to parents on the school’s web site and sent copies home with students.

Hollandsworth said a pressure valve malfunctioned in the school’s boiler system and contaminated water in the cafeteria kitchen and a restroom. Students were warned to not wash their hands in ther rest rooms or drink water from the school’s water fountains. The school furnished hand sanitizers and bottled water to students.

I shot a basketball game at FCHS Thursday night and the fountains were working.

Quick action by Hollandsworth and school officials kept parents informed and help allay their fears.  The school avoided a backlash from parents like the one that occured in December 2007 when a water problem at Willis Elementary School was downplayed and buried in the back pages of a newsletter.

UPDATE (Feb. 2, 1:55 p.m.): School officials say they are still working on the problem. The letter from Hollandworth did not say the problem has been  corrected although another school official told me last Thursday night that "the water is fine."

 

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7 Responses

  1. just the high school cancelled Friday? Because I never got notification about schools being cancelled.

  2. School was cancelled on Friday because the water was still contaminated…and the ball was cancelled for Saturday. What gives?

  3. I just called the school and they said that the water is NOT fixed yet. How do they cook w/o water? Why cancel school on Friday because of the water, but have them go today? Strange…

  4. It would have been nice to know that the situation wasn’t corrected yet. My kids don’t eat school lunches, so it isn’t that big of a deal to me, but I do think parents should have an update.

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