Fort Worth ISD addresses West Nile threat



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Posted on August 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 2:42 PM

FORT WORTH — An empty sunblock bottle with mosquito repellent floats on a deep pool of water at Farrington Field.

This week's rain turned the high jump pit into a potential mosquito breeding ground.

It's the kind of threat school officials are trying to find and eliminate before classes and football begin next week.

"I have tennis practice after school," said Arlington Heights sophomore Ashley Gill. "So I guess that might be an issue."

She and her mom say they appreciate the district's steps to protect students.

District officials say they'll ask the school board for a waiver to let students bring repellent to school in case the situation worsens.

"I want her to take it and use it in the mornings and evenings," Carolyn Gill said. "'Dawn and dusk,' they say."

Ashley responded with enthusiastic thumbs up.

"We want to make sure we've done as much as we can do," said Fort Worth ISD spokesman Clint Bond. He said the district asked for a meeting with city code authorities and Tarrant County health officials on Wednesday.

Bond said city code officers will inspect district facilities — especially athletic fields. In some cases, there are city drainage ditches nearby.

"Be an extra set of eyes to help us to make sure we're touching everything we need to touch, and correcting everything that needs to be corrected," Bond said.

At Farrington Field, workers had already turned over trash cans and removed other sources of standing water. The high jump pit will be drained before it becomes a threat.