Mold has been identified in Wingdale and Dover elementary schools, and Wingdale is set to be closed on Monday as the district tries to remedy the problem.
Students, faculty and staff at Wingdale Elementary School will not hold classes, and there also won’t be before or after school programs, according to an email from Dover Superintendent Michael Tierney that went out to parents on Sunday afternoon. The affected areas at Dover Elementary School were sealed off so classes are set to continue as normal.
On Monday night, the Dover Board of Education plans to hold an emergency meeting to vote on a resolution that would allow them to bypass a bidding process for a mold specialist to remedy issues in schools.
Tierney, in the email, said the school decided to conduct a mold inspection in Dover schools on Friday afternoon “given news that other schools in our area have mold caused by recent unseasonably high temperatures and humidity.”
Tierney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
In Dover Elementary School, workers found mold in two classrooms and a store room on the bottom floor. They sealed these areas off and treated them with moldicide, dehumidifiers and air scrubbers.
There was also mold in classrooms leading to the playground at Wingdale, according to the email, that received this treatment. The email indicates impacted classrooms will be sealed off and classes will continue elsewhere in the building, but it doesn’t say when that would happen.
Repeated air quality testing will be conducted, according to the message, and “a mold abatement specialist will be hired to oversee the remediation work.”
Millbrook schools have also been dealing with mold problems this year, most recently at Elm Drive Elementary School. Cleanup was set to begin on Saturday at the school and students won’t have classes on Monday as the district begins shifting them temporarily to Millbrook Middle School.
Hyde Park schools have also been working to clean up the mold in North Park Elementary School.