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Hinsdale Middle School remains closed until Feb. 3, special meeting Monday

<p>Clarendon Hills Middle School Principal Griffin Sonntag directs traffic at the school bus entrance to the school as students from Hinsdale Middle School unload. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media</p>
<p>A Clarendon Hills Middle School student surveys a long line of idling cars on Oxford Avenue as parents picked up their students before&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_627412147">noon</span>. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media</p>
<p>Clarendon Hills Middle School students leave the school parking lot both in buses and on foot before noon on Jan. 23. &nbsp;| Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media</p>
<p>Chicago Avenue, in front of Clarendon Hills Middle School, is jammed with traffic as police check identities of those wishing to enter the school and park district parking lots Jan. 23. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media</p>
<p>Heavy westbound traffic along Chicago Avenue includes school buses delivering Hinsdale Middle School students to Clarendon Hills Middle School Jan. 23. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media</p>
Clarendon Hills Middle School Principal Griffin Sonntag directs Hinsdale Middle School students to the entrance Thursday morning. | Chuck Fieldman/Sun-Times Media
<p>Hinsdale Middle School students leave Clarendon Hills Middle School&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;after attending classes in the afternoon. | Chuck Fieldman/For Sun-Times</p>
<p>Principals Griffin Sonntag of Clarendon Hills Middle School (left) and&nbsp;Ruben Pena of Hinsdale Middle School direct HMS students as they leave<br />CHMS&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_627412306">Thursday</span>&nbsp;afternoon. | Chuck Fieldman\For Sun-Times</p>
<div>Hinsdale Middle School students leave Clarendon Hills Middle School&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_627412307">Thursday</span>&nbsp;after spending a half day there for classes. | Chuck Fieldman/For Sun-Times</div>
<p>Clarendon Hills Police Chief Ted Jenkins directs traffic&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_627412304">Thursday</span><br />afternoon in front of Clarendon Hills Middle School. | Chuck Fieldman/For Sun-Times Media&nbsp;</p>

Hinsdale Middle School will not reopen until at least Feb. 3, meaning either the split schedule for middle school students at Clarendon Hills Middle School may continue all next week, or an alternate site for classes will be found.

Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 updated the timeline Friday afternoon as a result of progress reports on the mold removal and cleaning at Hinsdale Middle School.

Drywall on the second floor that showed any type of mold has been replaced, and mold discovered on walls as the baseboard was removed also has been treated, and new insulation and microbial gyp board has been installed, Superintendent Renee Schuster wrote in an update to the community. The message included the following points:

• Science rooms, which had been hardest hit by the water damage, are now fully insulated. New microbial drywall has been installed, and the floors are now being addressed. All of the science lab water pipes and drains have been checked for leaks and corrected, she wrote.

• The Media Resource Center carpeting has been steam cleaned and disinfected, and that will be repeated when the final cleaning of the second floor is complete.

• All lockers on the second floor were moved away from the walls and where mold was present, the drywall was removed and replaced with microbial gyp board. The lockers are being re-installed and cleaning of the second floor began today.

• On the first floor, the baseboard has been removed, and the remediation of the mold on the drywall is about 40 percent complete. The first floor will continue to be addressed in the same manner as the second floor. Open walls will be treated, insulated and microbial gyp board installed. Taping and compound has been applied to the drywall on the second floor, and this will also be done on the first floor.

With the updated information, SERVPRO, the company handling the remediation and cleaning, anticipates final cleaning through Jan. 28, and then ductwork cleaning will be done from Jan. 29 to 31. Integrity Environmental Services will then be called in for final air testing.

An open house for Hinsdale Middle School families would be held Feb. 2, under this timeline, with school resuming in the building Feb. 3.

Another special School Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Elm School, 6010 S. Elm St., Burr Ridge, where the administration will present possible options for off-site locations for classes, rather than continuing the split session at CHMS. At the meeting, representatives from SERVPRO and Healy, Bender and Associates architectural firm will provide an update on the progress at HMS and discuss the facility needs.

There also is a possibility of school cancellations or changes due to the extreme cold weather forecasted for early next week.

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