After being closed for more than a week due to a mold problem, testing of the air in Mill Road Elementary School has shown it to be clean, so classes can resume there again, the Elizabethtown Area School District announced.
The school was set to reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 19, with 10 portable dehumidifiers in place as a precaution the school district announced on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Mill Road was closed starting on Friday, Sept. 7, after getting conflicting results from two testing companies. Classes had been held at Rheems Elementary School while the Mill Road building was closed.
Mill Road’s Back-to-School Parent Night, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, was postponed until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Mold remediation specialists cleaned the school, followed by air quality samples being taking on Friday, Sept. 14. Delays at the testing lab prevented the school district from learning the results of the air quality tests until Tuesday, Sept. 18.
The school district’s largest elementary school, East High Street Elementary School, had clean results from air quality tests, but mold was found on books and other surfaces in the library. The school library has its own heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, separate from the rest of the school. An industrial hygienist said the problem was confined to the library and he did not recommend closing the school, but the library was closed and children who had checked out books were asked to return them to drop-off points elsewhere in the school.