A 30 hour power outage following Friday's severe weather causes schools in Fort Scott, Kansas to keep their doors shut today because of rotten food.
"We've lost mostly refrigerated items that are potentially hazardous foods - milks and juices, cheese, any protein that we had already thawed," says Robin Button, the Food Service Director for the Fort Scott School District.
State and federal law requires schools to provide meals to its student body and with most of Fort Scott grocery stores also dealing with spoiled food, the school had no choice but to close for the day.
"I'm sure it didn't make everybody happy but at the same time I feel like it's giving us an opportunity to do a thorough examination of the buildings," says Fort School Superintendent Diane Gross. "I would say that it's something that we want to make sure that we're able to deal with because we know it's probably not the last time we're going to see this."
According to Button the school has an insurance deductible of $10,000, meaning the schools will pay out of pocket if the damaged food does not exceed that amount.
Though the final numbers are not in Button suspects the damages, though significant, will not be in the $10,000 range.
While the day off from school may have been inconvenient for parents and students, most understand why it had to occur.
Superintendent Gross says the schools are making lists of what is lost and scheduling a replacement food and drinks before breakfast on Thursday.
The district is also looking into the purchase of generators to prevent food spoilage during the next power outage.