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Mold discovery delays start of school in Hopatcong Borough

HOPATCONG BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – Hopatcong Borough schools will open to all students on September, 10 after mold spores were found in several classrooms at Hudson Maxim Elementary School and Tulsa Trail Elementary School.

The District currently is in the process of having all rooms tested to determine the extent of the mold growth and what remediation efforts, if any, are needed, according to a post on the district’s website.

“In addition to the testing that is being undertaken, dehumidifiers have been brought into both schools. As many of you know, molds are fungi that are part of the natural environment. Molds can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Unfortunately, it is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores. Instead, mold growth only can be controlled indoors by limiting moisture,” officials said.

While the District will do everything in its power to ensure that the opening of the school year is not impacted, the health and safety of its students and staff remain the top priority. Molds have the potential to cause allergic or asthmatic reactions in certain sensitive individuals. More information about the health impact of mold can be on the EPA’s website, officials said.

Once testing is complete, the district will determine what additional steps are needed, officials said.

The first day of school for all Hopatcong Borough students will be Monday, September 10th, 2018.

The following schedule is in effect:

  • Thursday, September 6th and Friday, September 7th – Staff In-service Days
  • Monday, September 10th – First day of school for all Hopatcong Borough Students

All scheduled Open Houses at each school have been cancelled.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

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