Hearst Elementary to reopen after mold find

August 25, 2009 11:29:27 PM PDT
A school in Pleasanton was shut down Tuesday because of high levels of mold in several classrooms. It was supposed to be the first day of school at Hearst Elementary School.

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For the school's 700 students, summer will last a little bit longer after test results came back Monday showing that 12 classrooms tested positive for high levels of mold. The word came around 11:30 p.m. at which point school officials activated their automatic phone tree system.

Over the summer, one teacher found mold in one of the classrooms, prompting further investigation.

"We identified what we believe the source was and started checking other classrooms in the school, and made the decision to close down the C Building, which was eight classrooms. We were able to accommodate eight classrooms, but as we did additional investigation and testing there were more classrooms that are of concern to us," district spokesperson Myla Grasso told ABC7.

Speakers on the outer walls of a school building are believed to be the source of the problem. The school is only around 8-years-old and the speakers were installed in 2001. District officials say the speakers were not properly sealed and have allowed moisture to get into the building.

Only 12 students out of the school body's 700 showed up Tuesday morning indicating that the phone tree system worked well. The students were housed at the middle school next door.

Teachers were at the school Tuesday making plans on what to do next and decided they will have classes on Wednesday.

For more information, call 462-5500 or visit http://www.publicinfo@pleasanton.k12.ca.us

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