New Berlin Parks and Recreation Department evaluating swimming field trips
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NEW BERLIN- An eight-year old girl still in the hospital after almost drowning during a field trip.
It's been one week since a lifeguard found that little girl floating face down at Wirth Park. In light of the incident, the New Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is now evaluating its swimming field trips.
New Berlin Parks and Recreation Director Mark Schroeder said he plans to review their policy after an eight-year-old girl nearly drown under its watch.
"We feel we're doing our best to make everything a safe situation for our kids, they're very important to us," said Schroeder.
The girl was on a field trip at the Wirth Park Pool.
A lifeguard found her floating in four feet of water; it was her first trip.
The day camp had about 78 kids at the pool that day. 13 adults were there to supervise, in addition to the pool's lifeguards.
The ratio of kids to supervisors met the state guidelines TODAY'S TMJ4 found for day camps.
"We've utilized the same protocol, same staffing level for a number of years with our department," said Shroeder. "Our staff that's there, they're in the pool, they're on the deck. They're actively with the kids really from the moment we arrive that we enter the pool environment."
Tom Egin's daughter was part of the group at the pool that day.
He and other parents said while it's a scary situation, they feel confident their kids are in good hands.
"It's not something that's worrying me when I drop her off there at the moment," said Tom Egin.
Police are still investigating the incident.
TODAY'S TMJ4 was recently told they didn't have an update on the girl's condition.
Her name has not been released.