After missing school three days in a row, students in the Polk School District can return to class Thursday.
This week's frigid temperatures are partly to blame for keeping the kids away after their holiday break. But, a massive water outage across the county that affected 5,000 homes is also responsible.
Jack Damron at the Polk County Water Authority said it's all just horrible timing.
"We understand," Damron said. "We're very aware that the water situation is impacting students, teachers, the community."
It all started with failing pumps at the main water plant near Rockmart on Saturday. Then Tuesday night an electrical panel blew out at the plant south of Cedartown. Water and power crews were still trying to restore water to at least 1,000 remaining customers late Wednesday.
"It's just a matter of cold weather, getting people together, finding suppliers, equipment, people to come out during the cold weather. And we're not the only ones having problems. Others need those same folks," said Damron, referring to the difficulties with the extreme temperatures that swept across the area Monday and Tuesday.
The Polk School District found out late Wednesday afternoon that its 7,300 students could return to school Thursday, the first time since before Christmas break.
"Everything should be up and running and teachers are ready to go and greet our children. If we experience any additional difficulties with the water we do have bottles of water on hand for each of our students," said curriculum director Laurie Atkins.
Meanwhile, "boil water" advisory is in effect across the county until the Water Authority confirms it is safe to drink and cook with running water again.
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