DOLTON | Roosevelt Elementary School and Roosevelt Junior High School students and their teachers will be bused to other Dolton West Elementary District 148 schools on Thursday if there continues to be a water pressure problem in their schools, according to a news release from the district.
Water main breaks and a lack of water pressure prompted students at the Dolton elementary and junior high schools to be sent home shortly after they arrived on Monday and classes to be cancelled on Tuesday and Wednesday, the release states.
Village of Dolton Public Works, Calumet City Plumbing, District 148 architects and staff are working to find the source of the continuing water-related problem, said District 148 Superintendent Jayne E. Purcell.
“We realize the closing of Roosevelt Elementary and Junior High schools has been a big inconvenience for families, but the board of education and District 148 administration’s first concern is the health and safety of our children and staff,” Purcell said Wednesday.
If the water pressure problem is not resolved, students and teachers from Roosevelt Elementary and Roosevelt Junior High schools, at 111 W. 146th St., will be transported to District 148’s nearby Park, Lincoln, Franklin and Washington schools Thursday morning and will be bused back to Roosevelt after the school day ends, she said. Those same transportation plans will be in place on Friday, if necessary.
The two Roosevelt schools serve about 530 students in kindergarten through eighth grade from the communities of Dolton, Riverdale and portions of South Holland and Harvey.