Kivalina Students Miss 3 Weeks of School

Students in a remote Inupiat Eskimo village in northern Alaska received three fewer weeks of school because of a severe shortage of treated water.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Students in a remote Inupiat Eskimo village in northern Alaska received three fewer weeks of school because of a severe shortage of treated water.
   
The fall semester was postponed five weeks in Kivalina last year after storms damaged a water supply pipeline that left the school without clean water.
   
School district superintendent Norm Eck says students were able to make up two weeks because school days were lengthened by 30 minutes.
   
Classes ended last week. Eck says little treated water remains in the village tanks and the school would have soon run out anyway.
   
He says the school still met the number of days required.
   
Kivalina city manager Janet Mitchell says severe water restrictions remain in place until tanks can be filled after the river thaws and turbidity levels drop.
 

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