Flint Schools Prepare for Wake of Water Crisis
Even as the contaminated water crisis still rages in Flint, Michigan, Superintendent Bilal Tawwab says district officials are already preparing for an influx of young children entering school in the coming years with developmental, behavioral and cognitive challenges related to high levels of lead in the city’s water supply. “I have to be realistic,” Tawwab told Morning Education. The effort has meant an even greater emphasis on expanding early childhood programs, he said. Since September — when the crisis fully came to light, soon after he started on the job — students have been drinking bottled water. Bottled water donations have come from corporations, and they’ve come from neighbors stopping by with a case. Of the community support, he said, “You can’t put a price on it.” Some school faucets have been turned off, while notes are posted next to others to ward off students and staff. Cafeterias are serving fruit that’s peeled and doesn’t need to be rinsed off.