Northside cleared for return to school | News | The Press and Standard

by | January 29, 2016 1:36 pm

Last Updated: January 31, 2016 at 10:33 pm

Statement released by the Superintendent of Education’s office today:

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Dr. Franklin Foster’s office received official notification from Andy Rowland, Senior Industrial Hygienist from Applied Building Sciences, that the mold remediation project performed at Northside Elementary School is complete and the building is ready to reenter and accommodate students and staff. Rowland stated in his letter that all areas tested rendered findings to be consistent with normal desirable indoor conditions.

Since the district has received clearance, district maintenance, custodial and teaching staff are working diligently to prepare the building for students to return on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Instruction will continue in the temporary locations until Friday, Feb. 5.

Monday, Feb. 8 will be a workday for Northside Elementary teachers and students will not attend school. Northside will host a drop in from 3–5 p.m. that afternoon for parents who would like to visit the facility.

The district has received approval from the State Department of Education to extend the school day by one hour at Northside from Feb. 16 until April 21 to make up the lost instructional time. Teachers will use the allotted time to focus on reading and math by providing engaging, interactive activities to support the curriculum standards.

Out of an abundance of caution and safety for our students and staff, these measures were necessary to return the indoor air quality back to desirable indoor conditions. Dr. Foster would like to thank everyone involved for their assistance and support during this unfortunate time.

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