A Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) spokeswoman says that Flint Community Schools will not allow the state to test water inside its 13 buildings.
Tiffany Brown adds that the school district has also not permitted Michigan officials to flush the buildings’ water lines.
“At this point, MDEQ hasn’t been granted access into Flint Community Schools [buildings] to conduct the flushing and testing we’ve been able to complete at all of the other charter and parochial schools, day cares, and elder care facilities,” she told MLive.com Wednesday.
“Discussions regarding access to [Flint School District] schools are ongoing with the superintendent,” Brown added.
“State officials have met with the superintendent, requested access to the schools, and stand ready to conduct the testing once granted permission.”
Flint school officials declined to comment on the lock-out claim, and they have also declined to comment for weeks on another part of the city’s water crisis.
The officials have not provided comment on what state officials have described as their interest in establishing a model lead elimination initiative for schools in Flint.
MDEQ last week announced the results of water testing at every other school, day care and elder care facility in Flint.
The agency reported that 98.5 percent of samples collected at 63 buildings tested were below the federal threshold for lead amounts.
The Flint School District serves about 4,500 students, and MDEQ did not initially announced that its new data did not include water samples from buildings operated by the entity.
MDEQ began its initial testing early last month, and initial water trials at Flint school buildings in 2015 showed toxic lead levels at drinking fountains and faucets in multiple facilities.
Flint’s water crisis started in 2014 when the city changed its water source to the Flint River, causing the amount of lead in area drinking water to surge.
Former President Barack Obama’s administration declared the situation a federal emergency last year amid the city’s ongoing struggles with the matter.
Flint schools are currently supplied with bottled water through donations by companies including Coca-Cola, Nestle, PepsiCo and Walmart.