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UPDATE: Test results back after Kanawha County school releases students early due to ‘water issues'

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Students at Grandview Elementary in Charleston, WV returned to class Tuesday following odor complaints Monday.

The Rapid Response team showed up first thing in the morning to double check the facilities.  The team is made up of members of the West Virginia National Guard, Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Air Quality, and other county and schools officials.

The team went room-to-room and took new water samples from the faucets.  Initial results came back as non-detect for Crude MCHM, officials said.

Parents said they are still concerned about the quality of water in the county.

"We just want everybody to be safe," said parent Amberley Brown, who has two young children.

Officials said the team will continue to investigate odor complaints until the calls stop coming in.



According to a news release issued by Lawrence Messina with WV Military Affairs and Public Safety, two samples were taken at Grandview Elementary School. These samples came back with non-detect readings of MCHM. 

One sample was taken at Sharon Dawes Elementary School and Alum Creek Elementary as well. Those samples also came back with non detect readings of MCHM, according to Messina.

These samples were all tested at the same lab and all three schools came back with readings at 10 parts per billion, according to the same news release. 

An additional lab was also given samples from all three elementary schools in Kanawha County, WV. Those test results are not back yet. 

Additionally, Messina said samples were taken John Adams Middle School also located in Kanawha County, WV. Those test results are not back yet. 

All test results will be posted at: http://www.dhsem.wv.gov/Pages/WV-American-Water-Emergency.aspx once they are in. 



Crews spent Monday flushing the water system at Grandview Elementary in Charleston in light of odor complaints.

Kanawha County officials announced the school will resume classes Tuesday morning, citing Monday's early dismissal as a "precaution."

Parents rushed to the school Monday afternoon to pick up their children. Many say they're struggling as they try to explain the water crisis to their students, some as young as four years old.

"Tell them the truth," said Chris Westfall, a parent of two Grandview students. "You have to. They need to know what's going on, just like us."

Principal Erin Sullivan said a black licorice odor wafted through the cafeteria bathroom and a wing of the school Monday morning. The odor had partially dissipated by dismissal time, according to Sullivan.

"The water crisis has been a concern," Sullivan said. "But we've done everything to keep kids safe."

Sullivan said administrators will continue to provide bottled water to students. Bottled water will also be used for cooking.

The black licorice smell--the odor associated with the chemical crude MCHM-- became infamous after inspectors discovered a massive chemical leak Jan. 9 at Freedom Industries Etowah Terminal.

"As far as the water's concerned, you don't know if it's safe anymore or not," said Jenny Hanshaw, a parent at Grandview Elementary.

At least four teachers reported minor headaches and dizziness, Sullivan said. Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring said others reported watery eyes and burning nostrils.

A rapid response team arrived at the school after administrators reported the odor at 8 a.m. They took water samples and are currently awaiting the results. Sullivan said the water at the school had previously tested for non-detect levels of crude MCHM--the chemical that leaked into the Elk River more than a month ago.

Grandview became the sixth school in Kanawha County this month to close early due to odor complaints. County officials assembled the rapid response team after five schools closed over the course of two days. The unit includes members from the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, Air Quality Control, the National Guard, and county maintenance workers.

The teams also visited Sharon Dawes Elementary and John Adams Middle School due to odor complaints Monday. Alum Creek Elementary School also saw the rapid response team for reasons unrelated to the water crisis.

Kanawha County School Maintenance Director Terry Hollandsworth said the flushing for Grandview would take approximately three hours. Crews reportedly started the process after the students left the building.



A school in Kanawha County, WV announced it will release students early due to "water issues."

Grandview Elementary released students at 12:15 p.m. due to an odor in the water. Several teachers in the same wing of the school reported an odor, according to Principal Erin Sullivan. School officials said as of noon, the odor had started fading. 

A rapid response team consisting of interagency officials visited Grandview Monday morning. They took water samples to test for any levels of crude MCHM.

Sharon Dawes Elementary in Kanawha County also reported odor issues, according to Sullivan. She says there was an odor in the cafeteria bathroom and a wing of the school.  The Rapid Response team came to the school and began testing. 

The room was closed off but the school remains open.

The rapid response team also went to Alum Creek Elementary but that turned out to be an issue with a broken pipe. No odors were reported at the school, according to the school principal.

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