Dear District 181 Community,
This is your latest Hinsdale Middle School progress update. The ductwork cleaning is complete and final building cleaning is underway. Integrity Environmental Services will begin their testing this evening and will complete this part of the process tomorrow. The District will get the test results late Sunday evening or Mondaymorning. Therefore, the split schedule will continue on Monday, February 3. A final inspection by the DuPage Regional Office of Education and architecture firm will take place Monday afternoon, following a fire safety inspection and after environmental testing results have been received. We plan to hold the HMS Open House on Monday evening (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.), and have classes resume at HMS on Tuesday, February 4.
We look forward to welcoming the community to the Open House next week. Please watch for a message Sunday evening confirming the event details.
Dr. Renée Schuster
Community Consolidated School District 181 Superintendent Renée Schuster shared the following letter Thursday with Hinsdale Middle School parents regarding its progress in efforts to remove mold and asbestos at the school:
This is our latest update regarding the progress at Hinsdale Middle School. Today, the SERVPRO crew continued the duct cleaning (which will be done mid-day tomorrow), completed another cleaning of the MRC carpets, and continued work on the floors in the science labs, second floor hallways, and stairwells adjacent to the Student Services office. The temporary heating units will leave the school tomorrow. Final cleaning will take place tomorrow and conclude on Saturday.
Integrity Environmental Services will begin sampling on Friday evening; they expect to have results in hand either Sunday or Monday. (We will post their report on the HMS Facility Updates webpage with the previous reports we have received.) The Integrity experts have expressed their confidence that, based on previous testing they have completed, the school will be cleared for student and staff use.
As an extra measure to ensure the school is ready, we have asked architects from Healy, Bender & Associates and representatives of the DuPage Regional Office of Education to complete a walk-through of the school on Monday.
With this timeline in mind, the final day of the split schedule with Clarendon Hills Middle School is very likely to be Monday, February 3. HMS staff would have the opportunity to be in the school Monday morning, we would hold the Open House Monday evening (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.), and classes would resume at HMS on Tuesday, February 4. It is still possible this timeline could be shifted, but we feel confident that HMS will be open to students next week.
We will continue to provide daily updates until that time, and we look forward to welcoming the community to HMS!
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