A.L. Fortune Secondary will be open Monday as will M.V. Beattie Elementary. (Morning Star file photo)

A.L. Fortune Secondary will be open Monday as will M.V. Beattie Elementary. (Morning Star file photo)

Crisis doesn’t stop Enderby schools

Both M.V. Beattie Elementary and A.L. Fortune Secondary will be open Monday despite the community maintaining its water system

An emergency won’t keep students from class in Enderby.

Both M.V. Beattie Elementary and A.L. Fortune Secondary will be open Monday despite the community maintaining its water system.

“We have a water dispenser set up at the school and we are encouraging students to bring drinking water,” said Doug Cumming, M.V. Beattie principal.

“We have signs posted in the school and on our outside display board. Teachers will be educating students on the current water situation in Enderby at the start of the school day Monday.”

Washrooms will be open and functioning.

And at A.L. Fortune, similar actions are also being taken.

“We will be asking students to bring in their own bottled water and intend to provide a water station for them to refill as needed,” said Gene Doray, principal.

“We will be using water sparingly – washroom purposes only. Aside from that, we plan for Monday to be just another great day at Fortune.”

On Saturday, the City of Enderby declared a state of local emergency due to an imminent loss of water Saturday.

Residents and businesses west of the Bawtree Bridge are asked to take all steps to conserve water until further notice.

The crisis arose because of high turbidity on the Shuswap River which led to a boil water advisory Friday, and a drinking water main being out of service since a break in April.