Mapleton schools closed again due to water shortage

The school board voted unanimously to make the missed days up on December 10th, January 7th, and January 21st.

Posted: Nov 17, 2021 11:41 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2021 11:36 AM

MAPLETON, Ore. -- The Mapleton School District has canceled classes once again on Thursday due to a water shortage.

This is the third day in a row that schools have been shut down. Superintendent Jodi O'Mara said there is not enough water to allow for drinking water, cooking, cleaning, use of restrooms, and ensuring the fire suppression system is functioning.

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The district is currently operating on a four-day school week, meaning they are out for the rest of this week, and next due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Students could possibly return to school on Monday, Nov. 29, if the water problem is fixed. 

For now, some parents are growing a bit frustrated, worried about the amount of time their kids are spending outside the classroom.

Michael Overton has four kids and a grandkid in the Mapleton School District and he said parents are upset about how the water shortage is impacting their learning. He's also grown tired of the constant water issues the city faces. 

“There's the frustration with others in the community as far as the lack of water. It's not just the school situation,” Overton said. “Most of the community relies on the Mapleton water source there."

On Wednesday evening, The school board voted unanimously to make up the three missed days on December 10th, January 7th, and January 21st, all within the first semester.

Conferences will also be rescheduled. 

If there are any snow days in the future, the school board may look at pushing them into the second semester.

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