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Hinsdale Middle School mold timeline: Discovery, cleanup and next steps

<p>Hinsdale Middle School | Sun-Times Media File&nbsp;</p>

Hinsdale Middle School | Sun-Times Media File 

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. 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. 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. 

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