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Fox Chapel Area releases video to update status of Kerr clean-up

While Kerr Elementary in the Fox Chapel Area School District remains closed this week for mold issues, school officials released a video to share the status of clean-up efforts.

Principal Paul Noro said the remediation crew worked overnight in an effort to ready the school for students’ return on Monday.

The second floor is clear, Noro said. Pipe insulators are continuing their work today under the direction of the environmental consultant.

Kerr has been closed since Sept. 13 after mold was spotted in three rooms at the Kittanning Pike school.

Superintendent Gene Freeman sent a message via email this week to families as well.

“We want parents and guardians to know that we are doing everything possible to get the school reopened for Monday,” Freeman wrote.

“We have continued to work very diligently to remediate the mold that was found in the school last week,” Freeman said. “The district (has contacted) environmental professionals specializing in mold for pre- and post-remediation testing, a mold remediation company to remove the mold and environmental contaminants and disinfect the building, and an HVAC contractor to reinsulate the mechanical system which is where we believe the mold originated.

“These companies have very strict standards, which is as it should be, and we will not send the students and staff back to school until they deem that it is completely safe.”

The video is available at

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, [email protected] or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

Kerr Elementary Principal updated residents on the school’s mold clean-up Thursday morning in a YouTube video.
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