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Culloden Elementary Reopens With Special Water Sources

Reported: Jan. 14, 2014 3:28 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 8:38 PM EST
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CULLODEN, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox) -- Culloden Elementary School in Cabell County reopened Tuesday, although it was still under the water ban by West Virginia American Water.

"We were just excited to get the kids going back on schedule as well as the staff," Principal Debbie Smith said.

Culloden is the only part of Cabell County affected by the water crisis over the past several days. While the ban wasn't lifted by Tuesday morning, the school operated under an alternative plan.

"It was a good solid plan that we put forth and feel good about having the kids back today," Smith said.

The school covered up all sinks and water fountains so students wouldn't be tempted, and brought in cases of bottled water and hand sanitizer. They also had alternative water supplies for cleaning and other necessities.

Parent volunteer Deanna Lawson has three kids at the school.

"It is functioning quite well, and I'm very pleased with it," she said of the plan.

They also prepared meals offsite and used disposable serving trays and utensils.

Fourth-grader Carson Smith said, "I think it's nice for them to do that for us."

The student said she has missed being in class, especially her favorite, science.

Between the extreme weather and lack of water over the past week, many students have been out of school more than they have been in session. Now they are ready to get back to class.

Lawson said the kids were really excited.

"They've missed their friends and they enjoy school, so they were ready to come back," Lawson said.

Culloden plans to operate under the alternative plan until its part of the county is lifted from the water ban. The school will then flush out the system when students are not present.



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