by Phil Stilton
JACKSON-Faculty at the Rosenauer Elementary School in Jackson discovered mold this summer and despite cleaning by the staff, the district has announced it has hired a professional mold remediation firm to clean the school prior to the school year. Those faculty members are now working out of Jackson Liberty High Schol until the problem is resolved.
“As we continue to prepare for the opening of school, we wanted to let you know about a cleanup project that is going on at the Rosenauer Elementary School,” Jackson School District Business Administrator Michelle Richard said in a statement on the school’s website.
“This summer our staff found some mold growing on hard surfaces in some of our classrooms due to the very wet’ summer we had this year and the resulting humidity,” she added. ”We took the time to train our staff on the proper way to remove mold. As we do in all of our schools, we followed the Environmental Protection Agency’s protocol for mold remediation and monitored all areas of the school daily. ”
The district said it had also hired an industrial hygienist to assess its procedures to prevent future mold infestations.
“As a result of their assessment, they have recommended further cleaning by a mold remediation company and our custodial staff,” Richardson added. ”We have contracted with a remediation company, Adam Industrial Cleaning and Maintenance Co., to professionally assist us this weekend with a thorough cleaning. After the cleaning is done, we will have the industrial hygienist return for a final test.”
The New Jersey Department of Health has been made aware of the issue and cleanup efforts at the school.
“It is our hope that you have confidence in our commitment to making sure our schools are safe,” she said. Parents of students in the school with concerns or questions are urged to contact Mr. Polakowski, who has been relocated with his staff to Jackson Liberty High School during the cleanup.
Richardson said they will provide an update on August 3rd. No other information was provided by the district. The announcement was made on the school’s website on August 30th.