Although the Hinsdale Middle School mold issue hit its height shortly after the start of the year, the first reported discovery by Community Consolidated School District 181 was in July 2012. Here's a breakdown and recap of what has happened and what the plans are for HMS students according to the Doings. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3, at Hinsdale Middle School, 100 S. Garfield Ave., Visitors can take a tour prior to classes resuming.
Hinsdale Middle School timeline:
- Jan. 4-10: Sprinkler pipe bursts at Hinsdale Middle School — A leaking pipe was found and later it burst. Cleanup starts in Hinsdale Middle School, but school is closed during cleanup for weather. Another water pipe breaks, causing additional water damage. Integrity Environmental Services, Inc. conduct an air quality test. Air quality tests approved again.
- Jan. 13-16: Hinsdale Middle School teachers express health concerns about poor air quality, moisture damage — Two staff members address School Board about student and staff health concerns; board decides to do further analysis.
- Jan. 16-18: Hinsdale Middle school closed from possible mold growth — The district hired SERVPRO and possible mold growth identified. School is closed for the following day. Mold tests continue to be ran and more concentrations of mold is discovered. SERVPRO continues to clean. Administration announces school closed until at least Jan. 22.
- Jan. 19-20: HMS remains closed for mold cleanup, school board hosts first emergency meeting — The school board meets in emergency session to approve additional work at the school, it's announced more time is needed for cleanup.
- Jan 20: Hinsdale Middle School Remains closed through Jan. 28, board allots $385K for repairs — The District 181 school board approved spending to tackle the mold problem; discussions start on possible alternative location.
- Jan 22: HMS students headed to Clarendon Hills as mold issue gets fixed — The HMS building was closed to allow the needed time to clean the building. The newest plans calls for CHMS students to be in school from 7-11:30 a.m. and has HMS students in attendance from noon to 4:30 p.m.
- Jan. 23-Feb. 3: The split schedule with Clarendon Hills Middle School began on Thursday, Jan. 23. CHMS, HMS students adjust well to split schedule on first day. The last split schedule day is currently planned for Monday, Feb. 3, with HMS students returning to their school on Tuesday, Feb. 4.
- Jan. 24: Labor group pickets mold-removal at HMS — A brief protest by Laborers International Union of North America Local 225 was held, but school officials indicated this would not affect the re-opening of HMS.
- Jan 27: District 181 readies alternative plans for Hinsdale Middle School studentss — District officials remain confident students will be returning to school next week. Still, a longer-range alternative plan was organized, including a plan that could have HMS students attending classes at National Louis University in Lisle, if much time past Feb. 3 is needed to re-open HMS.
- Feb. 3: A meeting will be held at HMS to allow visitors to tour the building prior to classes being resumed. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3.
For more information about the mold discovery and clean-up plans, visit the district's website to read its frequently asked questions.
- Sprinkler pipe bursts at Hinsdale Middle School
- Hinsdale Middle School teachers express health concerns about poor air quality, moisture damage
- Hinsdale Middle School mold cleanup continues, emergency meeting held
- Hinsdale Middle School remains closed through Jan. 28, board allots $385K for repairs
- Hinsdale Middle School students headed to Clarendon Hills as mold issue gets fixed
- Clarendon Hills Middle School, HMS students adjust well to split schedule on first day
- Hinsdale Middle School remains closed until Feb. 3, special meeting Monday
- Labor group pickets mold-removal work at Hinsdale Middle School
- District 181 readies alternative plan for Hinsdale Middle School students