"We've received tests back, and even the more stringent and rigorous tests are showing the non-detect level for our schools. However, to bring peace of mind to our parents and to be sensitive to counties, we're continuing to provide that water," she said.
Twila Blake, of Charleston, who signed the petition on Monday, commented on the website that "Bottled water should be used until they can prove that the tap water is absolutely safe to drink."
Judy Lanham, of Elkview, said, "If you care about our children, you will honor this request."
While schools initially were reopened after following faucet-flushing protocol, last week some abruptly closed following reports of the now-familiar licorice odor.
Riverside High School and three Charleston elementary schools had to dismiss students early after reports of fainting, nausea and burning eyes while faucets were running.
Mountaineer Montessori School announced Monday school officials had hired an independent testing of the water "to supplement free testing provided by the National Guard."
"All samples tested well below the levels of MCHM (1 part per million) that the CDC has determined is 'acceptable for use.' Based upon these results, students will now be allowed to use sinks for hand washing with a permission slip from their parents. They may also continue to use bottled water, hand sanitizer and wipes," an MMS release said. "Use of tap water for drinking, dishwashing and other uses that might result in exposure by ingestion will continue to be prohibited until the Phase II of testing is completed."
For more information on the petition, visit http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/use-bottled-water-in.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.