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Valley News Dispatch

Class canceled Friday at Fox Chapel Area's Kerr due to mold

Tawnya Panizzi
| Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, 3:45 p.m.
Kerr Elementary School in the Fox Chapel Area School District will be closed Sept. 14 for a mold issue.
Kerr Elementary School in the Fox Chapel Area School District will be closed Sept. 14 for a mold issue.

Fox Chapel Area School District has canceled school at one of its elementary buildings tomorrow due to mold.

Students at Kerr Elementary along Kittanning Pike will not have class on Sept. 14, district officials announced today.

Superintendent Gene Freeman said mold was discovered in three rooms at Kerr, including a room that is not currently used for teaching.

The mold was visually detected in each of the rooms, he said.

Parents and guardians were notified by email this afternoon of the situation. Freeman said the cancellation is an effort to ensure the safety of students and staff.

“The district will be utilizing (Friday) to conduct air quality testing throughout the school,” he wrote in the letter. “Currently, we believe the issue can be addressed by the end of this weekend, and no other signs of mold have been detected in the school.”

The district expects students to return to class on Monday, Sept. 17.

If closing for another day is necessary, the district will send out a robocall on Sunday evening, Bonnie Berzonski, district coordinator of communications, said.

Air quality tests will be conducted in upcoming weeks at the other five district schools.

Mold issues have plagued area schools since the start of the new year.

Hance students in the Pine Richland School District began the new school year at Eden Hall Upper Elementary, three days after the rest of the district’s students started classes, after custodians found mold inside some of the pipe insulation and air quality tests showed slightly elevated levels of indoor mold and humidity.

Highlands High School students were delayed two days in starting the new year because of mold in their building, and Plum School District students went back a week late due to mold in classrooms.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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