Water and air safe after school evacuation
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:52:51 GMT —
Jefferson Cityâ??s St. Josephâ??s Cathedral School reopened this morning after a dozen students complained they were sick yesterday and forced an evacuation.
State investigators have not determined an official cause for the sudden illnesses.
11 of the 12 students with concerns were healthy and back at school. The absent student stayed home for a needed day of rest. Tap water was off limits as Missouri American Water Company provided a thousand bottles of water. Lunch room cooks prepared a meal that didnâ??t need water and filled their salad bar with bottled water. By the end of the school day, tests showed the water was safe. Principal Spencer Allen said the cause of Wednesdayâ??s illnesses remains a mystery since several water and air samples tested by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources were negative.
Allen said, â??There could be the psychological factor. Most of these students were checked out at local hospitals or by their doctors. They are coming back with clean bills of health. It seems it was a situation that was perhaps overblown, but that is the right response. We would rather overreact and keep everyone safe than to let our guard down.â??
Emergency crews responded after students felt sick during and after morning mass. School officials said they have no environmental problems and their health situation is normal. The school nurse did see several students today with symptoms typical of any other day.
State investigators have ruled out any dangerous conditions at both the church and school campus.
Family members of the students who received medical evaluations say that any symptoms of illness have disappeared.