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Rheems School Hosts Mill Road’s Classes While School Closes Due to Mold Problem

Mill Road Elementary School has closed temporarily because of a mold problem.

While the school is closed, the Mill Road children are going to class in the Rheems Elementary School building.

The Elizabethtown Area School District released a statement the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 10, saying Mill Road would be closed at least through the end of the week but will reopen as soon as air quality tests show it is safe to reopen.

Mill Road’s Back-to-School Night, which has been scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, was postponed; no new date was immediately announced. The school district’s statement said families who use child care services before or after school hours should contact the child care provider directly with questions.

Children who normally ride buses to Mill Road were told to get the buses at the usual bus stops with only the destination changing to Rheems. Children who normally walk to Mill Road were taken on a shuttle bus to Rheems.

Mill Road was closed on Friday, Sept. 7, after getting conflicting test results from two testing companies hired to test for airborne mold spores in all the district’s schools except the newly renovated Bainbridge Elementary School. Compliance Management International found clean air in its test conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 5, but Cumberland Analytical Laboratories Inc. found elevated levels of aspergillus/penicillium type mold spores it its test conducted on Friday, Aug. 31. The school district got the results of that test on Thursday, Sept. 6, and closed the school the next day.

Tests from both companies found mold in Elizabethtown Area Middle School, but mold was confined to individual rooms, which were cordoned off.

In what the school district described as “an extreme abundance of caution,” all school facilities were closed at 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, so an industrial hygienist and the experts from Mellon Restoration could assess all the school district’s facilities over the weekend. A number of scheduled sporting events were postponed or moved elsewhere.

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