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Storm-induced water woes send area school districts to distance learning

Storm-induced water woes send area school districts to distance learning

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Jenks Public Schools administration

On Friday afternoon, officials with Jenks Public Schools announced that its freshman academy, high school and alternative center will not return to campus until March 1 while crews repair and dry out about 25 classrooms that were impacted by multiple water line leaks.

Six area schools will stay in distance learning come Monday thanks to water woes brought on by the recent stretch of ice and snow.

On Friday afternoon, officials with Jenks Public Schools announced that its freshman academy, high school and alternative center will not return to campus until March 1 while crews repair and dry out about 25 classrooms that were affected by multiple water line leaks.

Students from the three affected schools will be able to pick up meals from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily on the north side of the Jenks High School cafeteria.

JPS spokesman Rob Loeber said the leaks were scattered across multiple buildings, with the most in the freshman academy and building Nos. 5 and 6. The first leak was discovered on Feb. 13, with additional leaks unearthed over the course of several days.

“If it was just one or two classrooms, we could shuffle things around and have teachers float as needed,” he said. “There’s just too much damage and it affects too many teachers and students.”

Additionally, Sand Springs Public Schools’ Angus Valley Elementary School and Early Childhood Education Center will also be in distance learning come Monday due to water line breaks. The former will not resume in-person classes until March 1, while the former is scheduled to be back in person by Tuesday.

To the north, Avant Public School in Osage County will also remain in distance learning through March 1 thanks to a lack of potable, running water in the community.

The dependent district between Skiatook and Barnsdall serves about 75 students.


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Staff Photographer Mike Simons flew his drone over Tulsa this past week as snow fell, a fire raged, the ice broke and trucks plowed. Take a look at what it all looked like from above.

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