Anderson elementary school closed for mold remediation

Rebecca R. Bibbs

ANDERSON, Ind. (Herald Bulletin) — Anderson Community Schools closed Edgewood Elementary School for the remainder of the week to allow for a thorough cleaning of the building after mold was found during a recent roof leak inspection.

“At no time were students or staff exposed to harmful contaminants in the classroom setting,” Anderson Community Schools superintendent Dr. Timothy Smith said in a letter sent to parents on Wednesday.

According to the letter, a mechanical issue with the roof and roof drains had caused some leaking and damage to the soffit areas of the building. Mold spores were found growing on the ceiling in the affected areas.

That triggered air quality testing last week to ensure no harm would come to students and staff. On Tuesday, ACS officials learned one of the multiple samples registered a higher-than-normal amount of airborne contaminants.

“While the sample showed the presence of common household mold, ACS always chooses to err on the side of safety regarding the cleanup process," the letter said. That’s why the school was closed temporarily.

The roof and drain structures already were scheduled to be replaced as part of the building improvement program approved by voters in a May referendum. Work was scheduled to start as early as next week.

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