ENOLA, Pa. (WHTM) – The East Pennsboro High School building will reopen Wednesday.
The school has been shut down since the first week of classes after mold was found and air quality testing deemed it too dangerous.
At one point this school year, all four buildings in the district were shut down.
All but the high school have since reopened. High school students have been sharing the middle school building. Both middle and high school students have attended half-day instruction since the closure.
Superintendent Jay Burkhart delivered the following message to families in the district via a phone recording:
“It is with great pleasure that I announce this Wednesday, September 21, 2016, the East Pennsboro Area High School will reopen to our high school students. The district is excited to have our students in both the middle and high school return to full days of instruction. All district operations in both the middle and high school will return to normal operating status, including transportation.
The air quality report from the testing conducted on Sunday, September 18, 2016, is available on our district website. When reviewing the report you will note one room in the high school, Room 115, has air quality samples that are considered to be outside the normal range. The district has consulted with Cumberland Analytical Laboratories regarding the safety of the room. This room will be off limits for staff and students until we take additional measures to return the air quality to normal. This process, which will include additional cleaning of the room and HVAC unit, will begin tomorrow. We anticipate completing the additional cleaning and taking another air quality sample later this week. In the interim, students who have classes in this room will be temporarily relocated.
Another area of the high school that will be temporarily closed to students will be the band and chorus rooms. In consultation with our contractors it has been determined the HVAC systems in these two rooms, while testing with normal air quality, are in need of recommisioning. The rooms will also require additional cleaning and sanitizing. We anticipate this process to take a few weeks, but I have been assured the rooms are within normal limits and do not pose a risk to our students or our staff. Students who have classes in either the band room or chorus room will also be relocated during the closure of the rooms.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire East Pennsboro Community for all of your support and understanding during a very challenging start to the school year. I am happy tonight to be able to welcome all of our students in the high school back to their building and return the middle school students to their regular operational days. Thank you again. Have a wonderful evening.”