October 13, 2017 – As you know, we are awaiting test results for water at East Rockford Middle School in follow-up to the location of a Wolverine dump site near that school. Bottled water will continue to be provided as long as necessary, and I will share the results with you once they become available to me.
The ongoing situation in our community has understandably heightened awareness and worries among residents about the quality of water. I, too, am concerned not only about what we know, but what we may not know. Therefore, I am working with the MDEQ to test the water at our remaining schools that use well water. Those schools are Cannonsburg, Crestwood, and Lakes Elementary Schools. We will have samples taken and submitted for testing as soon as possible and will let you know those results, as well as the results of the East RMS water test. (*Note, there is no indication that there is a problem with water at these schools necessitating bottled water. We are testing the water supply to be proactive.)
Our remaining nine schools are supplied municipal water through either Plainfield Township or the City of Rockford, who both conduct regular testing of their water supplies. Our schools using municipal water are Belmont, Meadow Ridge Parkside, Roguewood, and Valley View Elementary Schools; North Rockford Middle School; the Rockford Freshman Center and Rockford High School; and River Valley Academy. We have every reason to believe that those water supplies are safe since they are managed and tested by their respective municipalities.
Again, this has been very unsettling for all of us and I want to assure you that I will continue to advocate for the safety of your children in this and all matters.
Thank you for your patience and we will send information to you as soon as possible.
Dr. Michael Shibler
Superintendent of Schools
October 12, 2017 – Late Wednesday afternoon, I was notified by the DEQ, the Kent County Health Department, and Wolverine Worldwide that a disposal area containing leather and rubber scraps has been located between 9 and 10 Mile Roads, approximately ½ mile northeast of East Rockford Middle School.
My immediate concern is the safety of students and staff at East RMS. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, all drinking fountains will be disabled and Wolverine will provide bottled water to the school starting Thursday morning for consumption and cooking, and will do so until we know the status of our well water.
Wolverine and the DEQ took water samples from our well yesterday, and the results are being expedited and expected to be available within two weeks. As soon as those are provided to me, I will communicate them to you.
Please be assured that until we receive the test results, only bottled water will be used for consumption and cooking at the school. I have been assured that this only affects the use of water for consumption and not by contact.
Again, once we receive the results about the quality of the water, I will promptly provide those to you.
Michael S. Shibler
Superintendent of Schools