Kerr students to make up at least three days missed for mold issues
Fox Chapel Area school officials have developed a make-up plan for at least three of the five days missed by Kerr Elementary students due to lingering mold issues at the school.
Kerr students will be in school Nov. 26, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18 — days that the rest of the district will be off for Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day.
The district has applied to the state Department of Education for a waiver for the other two days, Bonnie Berzonski, district coordinator of communications said.
“We know that having these recent days off has created a hardship for parents and guardians,” Superintendent Gene Freeman said.
“We truly appreciate your patience as we have worked diligently over the past week to create a safe environment for our students and staff.”
Kerr students are expected to return to school Monday after remediation crews have spent the past week addressing mold issues.
An email was sent to all parents/guardians this week to update them on the mold clean-up.
When visible signs of mold were noticed in three rooms, the investigation expanded to the entire school, Freeman said. It was discovered that condensation from the HVAC system created mold between the pipes and the insulation.
The air in the school is being scrubbed, a process that filters the air to reduce the mold count.
“This process is repeated as many times as necessary,” Freeman said. “This also involves treating all the surfaces and contents of the rooms as well.”
The remediation company has been working around the clock, he said.
There are no plans to send Kerr students elsewhere, and, the district will post proof on the website when the school is deemed safe by experts.
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, [email protected] or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.