Three schools in Elgin and the District U-46 central offices have been evacuated, after air quality tests found higher than normal levels of Legionella bacteria in their cooling towers.
In a message on the district’s Facebook page, Elgin School District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders said the elevated levels of Legionella bacteria were found during air quality testing of cooling towers at Eastview Middle School, Larkin High School, and Gifford Street High School, which also houses the district’s central office.
The schools were closed immediately, and students were taken to other schools, or sent home. Students at Eastview were taken to Bartlett High School, and students at Gifford Street High School were taken to Elgin High School. Students at Larkin were dismissed to go home if they walk to school, or wait for school buses.
The central office also has been closed, andemergency operations were being conducted at the district’s plant operations facility off Shales Parkway.
The Kane County Health Department said there are no cases of Legionnaire’s disease. The schools were closed “out of an abundance of caution.”
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