Nine days after a water main burst at Wharton High School and affected the way students were taught in person, the Wharton Independent School District said it had been “fixed and complete.”

In a Friday, Jan. 29 letter to the community, Wharton ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael O’Guin said the water main break was fixed and that Wharton High School students would return to face-to-face instruction on Monday, Feb. 1.

“We look forward to seeing our students Monday morning,” O’Guin said. He apologized for any inconvenience it caused.

The day O’Guin made the announcement, WISD had a teacher professional development, which meant no school for students.

The fix also paved the way for WHS to host a Lady Tigers’ basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 30. It had been scheduled at Wharton Junior High School, but the venue change was announced the same day.

When the water main burst on Wednesday, Jan. 20, Wharton ISD officials did not have a time frame of when it would be fixed.

WISD administrators said the situation severely affected the school’s ability to provide bathroom use. WISD also said it affects COVID-19 handwashing protocol.

WHS students switched to remote synchronous instruction the same day and for the remainder of the week, WISD said. It continuned into this week.

This is the fifth time this school year WISD had been forced to close or learning affected severely. Three times WISD closed or instruction was changed due to COVID-19.

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