Mold Causes Change In Classrooms For Students At South Elgin Middle School

Classrooms are expected to be cleared for use on Tuesday

September 24, 2018 - 7:55 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- For the second week in a row, some students in Elgin School District U-46 are not in their regular classrooms because of mold.

Teachers discovered mold in four classrooms at Kenyon Woods Middle School in South Elgin on Thursday, said Superintendent Tony Sanders.

"We have now completely remediated those classrooms and we are still waiting for the air samples to come back, so we can reopen them," he said.

Seventh and eighth graders were moved to different classrooms during the cleaning and the district expects to get results of air tests on Monday. Sanders said if they come back clean, students will be returned to their classrooms on Tuesday.

Sanders attributes the problem to the very wet and warm weather we've had, which appears to be past us.

"Having cooler, dryer air absolutely does help. At this point though, I think the school should be fine for the rest of the season," he said.

Unlike the problem at Coleman Elementary in Elgin, the mold at Kenyon Woods was not in common areas.

The district cancelled classes at Coleman for three days last week as contractors removed mold from hallways and the cafeteria.