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Hinsdale Middle School closed from possible mold growth

<p>Workers pull a section of lockers away from the wall at Hinsdale Middle School after a sprinkler pipe burst Jan. 4. | File photo</p>

Workers pull a section of lockers away from the wall at Hinsdale Middle School after a sprinkler pipe burst Jan. 4. | Sun-Times Media file photo

Hinsdale Middle School will be closed Friday and all after-school activities for Thursday, including an evening choir concert, have been canceled due to the discovery of possible mold growth.

Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 Superintendent Renee Schuster said a company working at the building Thursday discovered the possible mold, which as been sent in for testing with results not expected until late in the day Friday.

“Therefore, we are erring on the side of caution by closing school should the mold tests show any reason for concern,” Schuster wrote in a letter to parents.

Schuster said results from indoor air quality assessments completed between Nov. 26 and Dec. 23, and again on Jan. 10, show the air quality well within acceptable guidelines.

A company specializing in this type of building damage and deep cleaning has been in the school to test walls for wetness and to remove drywall, Schuster said in an email to the community.

“Closing the building on Friday will greatly expedite the cleaning process,” she said.

This should allow the company to finish addressing the affected areas by Monday afternoon, a day students already were scheduled to be off.

The action comes after a sprinkler pipe burst Jan. 4 causing extensive water damage, but also after complaints from teachers that there were environmental health issues in the building.

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