In a way, Lee said, because of the school's impoverished attendance zone, which police have labeled the most crime-ridden part of the city, her teachers likely were more prepared than those in other districts to handle the crisis.
"For us, that's always in the back of our minds -- basic needs like food and water for the students: Are they being met?" she said. "Today, we're just trying to get the focus back on where we were with academics, and we're coming up with alternative ways to provide things at home for students to do."
Mary C. Snow students also are helped by the fact that they operate on a year-round schedule, meaning students are more accustomed to breaks, Lee said.
"We've been out longer than normal," she said. "I just hope that our adjustment won't be as difficult because we have those three-week breaks. The students just come back and are ready to start where they left off. They're used to it."
Piedmont Elementary School's staff also worked to offer food to families during the time off.
Additionally, Miller said several employees at Kanawha County's Central Office donated canned or frozen fruits and other foods that don't require much water for preparation.
"I have heard of several schools that are distributing foods to their communities for usage at home," she said. "I'm hoping that more will turn up if this crisis continues."
Miller estimated that schools will be able to use bottled water for food preparation through the first week of February.
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