More than 12 , 000 third- and fourth-graders visit the center every year , said Cathy Bennett
, senior communication director for the Learning Exchange , the center's parent company.
Since Oct. 19 , students from nine schools have visited the center.Bennett
said all schools scheduled to attend this week were notified of the anthrax testing at the postal facilities.The schools were being given an opportunity to reschedule.
Students from a Liberty school visited the center on Monday.Every other school that had planned to go to the center this week decided not to , Bennett
But all of those decisions were made before the results of the tests were announced and before the Kansas City Health Department gave Earthworks the all clear , Bennett
The department has told Earthworks that there is no risk to children or anyone else who goes to the center , she
We're going with the recommendation of the Kansas City Health Department that Earthworks is safe for business , Bennett
Despite this , some parents were concerned.
Susan Hatten's daughter on Monday went to Earthworks with her
classmates from Doniphan Elementary in Liberty.
Until Thursday , Hatten had not remembered that Earthworks was a tenant at the SubTropolis.
That is scary , she
said.That is really scary..
Three other Liberty schools took trips to the learning center late last month.Liberty's superintendent on Thursday issued a letter to parents reiterating what health officials have said and telling them all trips to Earthworks have been suspended.