Classes canceled next week for Northside Elementary due to mold levels

Classes canceled next week for Northside Elementary due to mold levels

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Classes have been canceled all next week for Northside Elementary School in Colleton County due to elevated airborne mold levels.

According to Colleton County School District officials, classes will be canceled as crews continue to work to bring airborne mold spore levels back to normal range.

A parent meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Colleton County High School.

The school has already canceled classes for the remainder of the week after officials returned from the holidays and found evidence of visible mold in areas of the building.

"We immediately consulted with Applied Building Sciences (ABS) and had air quality testing performed, along with cleaning and sanitizing by district staff," CCSD officials say."Results from the testing conducted by ABS showed elevated concentrations of mold spores within the building. While there are no set standards for the threshold of airborne molds, out of an abundance of caution for the continued safety of students and staff, we decided to cancel classes at Northside Elementary for the remainder of this week."

CCSD officials say they met with representatives from ABS and Biotek Environmental, a mold remediation company, who have been contracted to assist with the process.

Based on information provided, officials canceled school next week.

"Once the district team receives more information on the scope of the work and a projected timeline for completion, we will continue to work on a plan to meet the instructional needs of the students at Northside," CCSD officials said."Again, we want to reassure everyone that the measures we are taking are for the well-being of our staff and students and we will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available."

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