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Annoyed

Boone, NC

#1 Oct 10, 2012
Why do Watauga Schools close at the drop of a hat? A boil water alert and they close announce schools are closed at 8:00??

How many restaurants are going to be closed today because of this? I doubt any will be because they'll work around it.

We need to elect some school board members that are going to get the school administration to serve the taxpayers again.
Bob

Wilmington, NC

#2 Oct 10, 2012
A boil water alert is a pretty big deal when you're dealing with a large group of people. How are they supposed to make that much food without water? I don't think that the school has enough bottled water, milk or juice on hand to provide for so many students on such short notice.
Opoib

Blowing Rock, NC

#3 Oct 10, 2012
There is no way that schools could keep all the students safe in a boil water alert. The students need to use the bathrooms, they need to wash their hands, have water fountains used . How would you suggest to monitor no students use non boiled water throughout the whole school day not to mention the cafeteria?
NewGuy

Boone, NC

#4 Oct 10, 2012
You can still use the water to wash your hands. Shut the drinking fountains off, boil the water needed in the cafeteria, and cancel sporting events and PE.

This isn't rocket science. Ask any business owner and they would think this obstacle is laughable.

We need more charter schools.
Bob

Wilmington, NC

#5 Oct 10, 2012
This is not an issue for a small business. But when you're having to feed thousands of people, it becomes an issue.
Opoib

Blowing Rock, NC

#6 Oct 10, 2012
NewGuy, Explain to me in a high school with 1422 students how you could ensure that these warnings are met? And who pays if a student gets sick and the schools are sued in this day and age of filing over anything that can be proved as someone else negligence.

"Boone water customers are advised to boil all water for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or to use bottled water."
NewGuy

Boone, NC

#7 Oct 10, 2012
Not an issue for small businesses, medium business, large business or any business.

Shut the drinking fountains off and boil water in the cafeteria. If someone sticks there head under a faucet and gets a drink, that's their fault. It's like asking who is responsible if the student eats his pencil?

This "can't do anything" mentality is driving us into the ground.
Bob

Wilmington, NC

#8 Oct 10, 2012
It's not a "can't do anything" mentality. It's a "let's do what's best" mentality. I'm fairly certain that the schools weren't prepared to provided bottled drinks to every child for an entire day.
Opoib

Blowing Rock, NC

#9 Oct 10, 2012
Ok NewGuy, just put the kids safety behind any inconvenience. It is one day out of school to ensure no kids get sick.

I am sure you personally could ensure the safety and supervision of 1400 plus students at the high school as well as the hundreds of other students at the other schools affected. And you could make sure the cafeterias had everything sterilized to above 180 degrees that was allowed to be used.

Maybe the rest of the county is not the superman you are and would prefer to err on the side of safety for our kids.

nobody

Boone, NC

#10 Oct 10, 2012
boone bagelry has been serving meals all day

dont know how this could be possible

should take the day off
NewGuy

Boone, NC

#11 Oct 10, 2012
School cafeteria workers don't know how to put something in the dishwasher?
Opoib

Blowing Rock, NC

#12 Oct 10, 2012
It is nice to see the watauagarepubs mag seven posting here to support each other.

A small bagelry is much easier to run on plastic ware and bottled water than to make sure 2000 students are kept safe.

Myself if I go to lunch today I will be looking to make sure soda fountains are not hooked up to public water sources to make drinks and I will get a bottled drinks and look for disposable plates and utensils just for safety's sake.

For me to have a kid home for the day to make sure they do not get sick for a week by drinking something or eating something contaminated is not that large a price to pay.
Joe

Wilmington, NC

#13 Oct 10, 2012
Opoib wrote:
It is nice to see the watauagarepubs mag seven posting here to support each other.
Aww, somebody feels left out.
Betty Austin

Boone, NC

#14 Oct 10, 2012
Contaminated water at the Mountain House all day everyday!
Opoib

Blowing Rock, NC

#15 Oct 10, 2012
NewGuy, we all get it you made your point. You put the safety of the community's children after your own personal convenience.
Joe

Wilmington, NC

#16 Oct 10, 2012
NewGuy and nobody, please invite Opoib to your next circle jerk. He is getting his panties in a wad because you keep leaving him out.
Deb

Casar, NC

#17 Oct 10, 2012
First, the only thing that water cannot be used for is direct consumption. You shouldn't drink it directly and you should use it in uncooked food.

It can be used for washing and in cooked food (the cooking kills any bacteria just as boiling does). Plates, silverware, and utensils can be used and washed in a dishwasher. There is bacteria in kitchens all the time - that's why commercial kitchens have dishwashers/sanitizers.

So, the kitchen should boil water needed for direct consumption or to be used in uncooked food. Drinking fountains should be bagged.

I have a kid in school and also found this ridiculous. They waited to cancel school until 8:00 and did not call, just put kids on the bus and hoped the parents were home. Doesn't seem like my child's safety was a concern at all!
Opoib

Blowing Rock, NC

#18 Oct 10, 2012
Deb, sending your child home without calling is wrong and a valid complaint but you're wrong on the other issues. All water to be used for cooking was to be boiled for one min vigorously. And all utensils and kitchen equipment would need to be cleaned with temps in excess of 180 degrees and no water fountains could be used.

Is it worth risking the health of over 2000 students vs parents having to take care of their kids one extra day? If your child went and got a stomach virus or something or anything else from contaminated water, I am willing to guess your kid would be home more than one day from it and you would hold the school system responsible.
Opoib

Blowing Rock, NC

#19 Oct 10, 2012
I am out of this thread it is obvious I would rather see children home for one day than to risk them sick for much longer if there was contamination in the water. But I have been shown I am wrong it is not worth the safety of the children to inconvenience anyone. From now on I believe in no days off for any reason if it snows and the buss roles over and down the mountain too bad.
Opoib

Blowing Rock, NC

#20 Oct 10, 2012
Joe, I hear there is a very nice wake going on at Hamtopns funeral home you could crash. I bet the family would love your critique on how they are running it.

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