3 schools evacuated after Legionella bacteria found

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ELGIN, Ill. — Three suburban schools have been evacuated after legionella bacteria was detected Wednesday morning.

During an annual air quality testing of school cooling towers in Elgin, higher than normal levels of Legionella bacteria was found at Eastview Middle, Larkin High, and at the Central Office/Gifford Street High.

The CEO made the decision to close those buildings immediately.

Eastview Middle students are being transported to Bartlett High School until parents can pick them up.

Gifford Street High School and Central Schools program students were being transported to Elgin High School.

Special needs students will be transported.

ESC/Central Office staff will go to either Bartlett High or Elgin High to assist with students.

A message posted to District U-46's Facebook page, posted by CEO Tony Sanders, reads:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM TONY SANDERS, CEO:Our annual air quality testing of school cooling towers found higher than...

Posted by School District U-46 on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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