DuBOIS — DuBois Area Middle School students will miss the second consecutive day of school Friday due to concerns about indoor air quality and mold, according to the DuBois Area School District officials.
Mountain Research LLC continued testing at the DuBois Area Middle School on Thursday.
“We thought it would be helpful for you to know that the auditorium, gymnasium and locker rooms have been cleared and are approved for use,” the district website stated Thursday. “In addition, the main office area and special education office area have also been cleared.”
According to the district, the athletic events and Sunday’s DuBois Area Community Concert Association’s concert will take place as planned. That concert, featuring The Atlantic City Boys, will be held at 3 p.m. in the middle school auditorium.
The public is asked to continue to visit the district website for updates as they become available.
On Sept. 13, the DuBois Area High School was closed after mold was discovered in 14 classrooms, the swimming pool area, and the cafeteria. Students at the middle school and four elementary schools attended school as usual. Jeff Tech students and Penn State classes also continued as normal.
High school students returned to school on Thursday after post remedial sampling results received from the environmental engineering firm of Mountain Research LLC. for the DuBois Area High School indicated that it was safe to re-open, according to the district.
Air scrubbers were to remain in three rooms and the pool area Thursday until test samples are returned.
Remediation of all areas affected by mold was completed by Serv-Pro on Wednesday at the high school.
“We are pleased to report the results of these tests indicate non-elevated levels of mold spores at DuBois Area High School,” the web site reported, according to a previously published Courier Express article. “The air quality has returned to normal indoor environmental quality and we will continue our monitoring efforts.”
Mountain Research LLC. has been retained to conduct additional site inspections and air quality testing throughout the district.
Late Wednesday night, the district’s website announced that the middle school would be closed today.
“Upon testing at the middle school, 12 rooms and the two cafeterias have been identified for remediation efforts at this point and time. As a result, the middle school will be closed until professional cleaning and dehumidification can occur. Mountain Research will complete the inspections of the remaining classrooms and collect air samples. Once the professional cleaning and dehumidification is completed, confirmatory air sampling will occur to ensure the cleaning was effective to address the air quality concerns,” according to the website.