Principals, custodians, school cooks and maintenance personnel met Monday in Kanawha County to design contingency plans for safe water use.
"We have 69 schools. We have so many schools to consider. We're just waiting to hear from the state superintendent a plan for protocols and determine whether or not we can have school tomorrow morning," Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring said Monday morning.
Prior to the closure announcement, Sissonville High School had a plan in place.
School administrators had prepared a menu that included foods such as prepackaged muffins and canned fruit -- all on paper trays with plastic utensils, said Vice Principal Melanie White.
"We sat down and came up with our own menu. Our plan is to have things that don't need water to be prepared," she said.
White said she was wary that even if schools re-opened, attendance would still be low because some students may live in areas where water has still not been restored.
"I'm sure there will be some students who aren't in the zones who still may not be able to come to school because they may not have water in their homes," she said. "I think [the first day back] will be very busy."
The University of Charleston's main campus was closed Monday, and planned to open about 30 hours after the state of emergency was lifted, according to a press release.
West Virginia State University, which was also closed Monday, created a Frequently Asked Questions page on its website to help answer students' questions about water restoration at http://www.wvstateu.edu/Current-Students/Water-Crisis-FAQ.aspx.
The main Kanawha County Public Library branch in Charleston and the St. Albans branch will be open Tuesday. All other county library branches will be closed.Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.