Lack of Legionella protocol frustrates school chief who shut down three schools​

"There is really nobody that can give you guidance as to when it's safe to have people in or around the area when the bacteria level comes in that high," Sanders said. "They could not advise whether we should reopen or remain closed."

Tony Sanders, chief executive officer of a Chicago-area school district that recently had to shut down three schools after the discovery of Legionella, said there is an alarming lack of public health standards and protocols for dealing with Legionella bacteria in schools.

“It was incredibly frustrating," Sanders told The Daily Herald about not receiving any guidance from state and federal agencies on whether it was safe to reopen the buildings once the towers were cleaned.

Sanders highlighted the gaps in state and federal regulations in an email addressed to U-46 employees, other school districts and regional education officials.

More details here.

Category: 
Content Type: 
Issue: