Batavia Schools disinfected after Legionella episode

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 6:54 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia School District 101 officials should know by the end of the week whether any trace of Legionella bacteria remains at three schools after they were disinfected this weekend.

“We know the water was safe to drink again,” Superintendent Jack Barshinger said Tuesday. “The chlorine levels were back to normal.”

The district notified parents and staff Thursday that traces of Legionella bacteria were found on faucets in two bathrooms at Alice Gustafson Elementary School/Early Childhood Center and Hoover-Wood Elementary School and on a shower head at a girls locker room at Batavia High School.

By the end of the week, the district should know the results of tests that will determine whether any bacteria remains, Barshinger said. Alice Gustafson and Hoover-Wood were disinfected Saturday, and the high school was disinfected Sunday.

The schools reopened to district staff and sports teams at noon Monday. All district schools were open Tuesday as planned after Columbus Day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people get Legionnaires’ disease when they breathe in a mist or vapor that has been contaminated with the bacteria. The bacteria would not spread from one person to another.

Barshinger said the bacteria was detected through environmental assessments. There are no known cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Kane County or surrounding counties, he said.

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