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Mabel School: All Clear--School On for Monday PDF Print
Written by Marshall Ashcraft, WC Schools   
Sunday, 05 February 2012 06:15

All tests of the water at Mabel have come back negative for bacteria and the school will operate on a normal schedule Monday, February 6th. The concerns that led to closing the school on Friday were the result of routine water testing at the school. Test results received late Thursday from the Health Department

indicated the possible presence of bacteria in water from a kitchen sink. Based on those results, the decision was made to close the school as a precautionary measure pending further tests.  There was no information to  indicate  that  the  health  of  students  or  staff was affected  in  any  way  by  the  water  quality  at Mabel.  The additional tests that were conducted included a re-test of the original water sample as well as new  tests  of  water  samples  taken Friday morning  from  the  school  well,  from  the  same  kitchen sink where the previous test indicated the possible presence of bacteria, and from another interior sink at the school. The Health Department also took additional samples Saturday morning.  All test  results  are  now  in  and  all  of  them – the  retest  of  the  original  sample,  the  samples  taken Friday a.m. by school maintenance personnel, and the samples taken on Saturday by the Health Department - have come back negative for bacteria.   We regret  the  inconvenience the  closing  on  Friday caused to  students,  parents, and  school personnel.  However, our first priority is always the safety of our students and employees and we chose not to take the risk that there might be a problem with water quality at the school.  
Thank  you  for  your  patience  and  understanding  as  we worked  to  ensure  that  Mabel  remains  a safe and healthy place for our young people and those who serve them.



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