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Hinsdale Middle School could remain closed through Friday based on the recommendation of District 181 consultants to the board of education at an emergency meeting Monday night at Elm School.
According to a letter to the District 181 community from superintendent Renée Schuster, the board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to hear from Integrity Environmental Services and SERVPRO, who told district officials Sunday that two additional steps to remediate mold found in HMS should be taken before classes are resumed.
"These recommendations involve cleaning the ductwork throughout the building and removing the cove molding (baseboards) and any drywall that touches the flooring," Schuster's letter reads. "If the Board approves the recommendations, the anticipated completion time would require that classes at HMS be canceled through Friday, January 24."
READ: How Will HMS Off-Days Be Made Up?
On Saturday, a letter from Schuster announced the cancelation of school at HMS Tuesday and Wednesday. The building was closed on Friday, as well.
Catch up on Patch's HMS reporting:
- HMS Has 'Serious' Air Quality, Moisture Issues, Schuster Says
- HMS Closed Tuesday, Wednesday For Mold Removal, Testing
- HMS Closed Friday For Cleaning, Testing
Below is Schuster's full letter.
Dear District 181 Community:
The District 181 Board of Education is holding an emergency meeting on Monday, January 20 (7:00 p.m.) at Elm School for the purpose of addressing HMS facility issues. The Board will hear reports from Integrity Environmental Services and SERVPRO, as well as consider expenditures related to additional steps to address facility needs at HMS. The agenda will include an opportunity for public comment. HMS parents and staff and any interested community members are encouraged to attend. The meeting audio and agenda will be available through the District website at www.d181.org > Board of Education.
Today, a conversation with representatives from SERVPRO and Integrity Environmental Services indicated that two additional steps to remediate the mold found in HMS should be recommended to the Board of Education for completion prior to resuming classes. These recommendations involve cleaning the ductwork throughout the building and removing the cove molding (baseboards) and any drywall that touches the flooring. These recommendations will be made to the Board for their approval during the emergency meeting on Monday. If the Board approves the recommendations, the anticipated completion time would require that classes at HMS be canceled through Friday, January 24. We will confirm with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) our options for school makeup days as soon as possible.
Please click here to view the HMS Facility Updates webpage: www.d181.org > Schools > HMS > Facility Updates. A Frequently Asked Questions page has been added to the site and is accessible from the Facility Updates page.
Dr. Renée Schuster