Highlands High School will have to make up days missed due to mold
Highlands High School students and staff will have to make up the two days of school they missed at the start of the school year because of mold in their building.
Substitute Superintendent Monique Mawhinney said the state Department of Education will not grant the district a waiver for the days, Aug. 30 and 31.
While students in all of Highlands’ other schools started as-scheduled on Aug. 30, high school students did not go back until after Labor Day, on Sept. 4.
The district had said it would ask the education department to waive the missed days so they would not have to be made up, but district Solicitor Ira Weiss said the state would not entertain such a request when the district has the days to make them up available on its calendar.
When the days will be made up is not yet known.
District officials chose to delay the start of classes for high school students after mold was detected in the building. The building was kept empty so that it could be thoroughly cleaned and dehumidified.
Humid, muggy and wet weather had created “ideal conditions” for mold growth, district officials said in a statement.
Buildings and grounds Supervisor Chris Reiser said they are continuing to monitor the high school.
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