Three schools in District U-46 closed yesterday due to positive Legionella test results during the annual inspection of cooling systems. Classes remain canceled today for about 3,000 students in west suburban Elgin and Bartlett due to the high levels of the bacteria.
School district CEO Tony Sanders said, “We have gone above and beyond industry standards and guidelines to ensure the safety of our staff and students. We will keep these schools closed Friday while we take additional safety measures as discussed today with our water management consultant and state health officials.”
Larkin High School’s test results showed 940 parts per million of Legionella bacteria in its cooling tower; Eastview Middle School and the district office each had more than 1,000 parts per million.
“According to the OSHA website, a thousand or more parts per million was cause for taking urgent action. So that’s what we did,” Sanders said.