WENY News - Athens Area School District closed for mold concern

Athens Area School District closed for mold concern

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ATHENS, Pa (WENY) -- After less than two weeks back to school, a second school district in Bradford County has canceled classes over mold concerns.

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The latest closure was announced by the Athens Area School District on Thursday evening. The district says it will be closed starting Friday, September 7th, and will remain closed until Friday, September 14th.

The district was notified that a room at Harlan Rowe Middle School had visible signs of mold, according to a district statement. The statement went on to say that the district will be moving forward with an "abundance of caution" on the concern, and will be checking every classroom in the district.

School will resume once testing reveals acceptable mold levels.

So far, the district says visual evidence has only been found in Harlan Rowe.

WENY News tried reaching out to the Athens Area School District, but no one was available after regular business hours.

FULL STATEMENT:

"The Athens Area School District will be closed beginning Friday, September 7th until Friday September 14th. At @ 4 pm the district was notified that a room at Harlan Rowe Middle School had visible signs of mold.  The safety and health of our students and staff is our number one priority. Because of this visual confirmation, we are moving forward with an abundance of caution on this very important matter.  While visual evidence was only found in Harlan Rowe we are going to remediate every classroom in the district.  We will return to school once we have tested and confirmed that air quality tests are at acceptable levels.   We will be providing updates on the status of this situation through our App, webpage and social media outlets as we receive information.  "

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