ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) - Though the most recent tests for E. coli in Rockford's water came back clean, a Boil Water Advisory remains in effect in the city at least until Friday afternoon. That means several Rockford schools will remain closed through Friday.
The City of Wyoming is working with Rockford to test the water within 18 hours of the first test, rather than the 24 hours Rockford was initially planning on.
Peyton Bradford, 7, has already received a mini vacation only two days into the school year.
"I've been laying around like I'm bored all morning 'cause there's nothing to do," he said.
Peyton goes to Meadow Ridge Elementary School. He is one of about 2,500 students from six Rockford Public Schools that were closed Thursday because of the E. coli contamination. The schools will be shut down Friday, too.
His mother, Lindsey, is worried about the safety of the water she and her family consumed this weekend, before anyone realized there was a problem.
"I am concerned," Lindsey said. "I'm just praying that we don't get sick."
Rockford Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler said he had to close the schools. It was a matter of safety for the students.
"By having a no-contact rule, kids are at risk by even touching the water and putting it up to their mouths with their hands," he said.
While Shibler said he can obviously trust the few adults in the administration building to follow directions and use sanitizing stations provided by the City, a thousand kids in a school is a different story.
"This is not a real major issue by closing for today and tomorrow because of the fact of a safety issue. If this were to go on for days to come, I'd have to look at a different strategy," Shibler said Thursday.
- Early Childhood Child Care Program
- Meadow Ridge Elementary School
- North Rockford Middle School
- Parkside Elementary School
- River Valley Academy
- Valley View Elementary School
Rockford officials will also continue to hand out bottled water, the majority of which has been donated by Ice Mountain. The company donated nearly 37,000 bottles of water during the past two days, and Family Fare donated about 6,000 bottles.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality requires two negative tests before lifting a Boil Water Advisory. Another test will be performed Friday.
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