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Hinsdale Middle School is to be closed until Thursday – at least – because tests confirmed mold was growing in the school building, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Monday.

UPDATE: WGN-AM radio in Chicago is reporting that the school will be closed for the reamainder of this week.

Classes were canceled last Friday as workers did a deep cleaning of the 38-year-old building located in downtown Hinsdale. It was confirmed that mold is present in the school after tests were conducted.

Renee Schuster, the superintendent of the school, sent a letter to parents stating that the school would be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday – in addition to Monday which was a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter asserted that the results of mold samples found on Jan. 16 by a cleaning crew were found to have a low concentration of mold spores on dry wall and surface samples that were tested. Reportedly, the contractor was performing deep cleaning at the school and removing wet drywall which was caused by a pipe that burst during the cold snap a couple of weeks ago. After classes had resumed last week, more leaks were found.

According to the Chicago Tribune report, the co-president of the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Teachers Association, Heather Scott, said the school has medically fragile students and staff who are affected by the mold.

Superintendent Schuster claims that indoor air-testing that was performed on Jan. 10, 2014, revealed that the air quality was within acceptable guidelines. She also said, however, that the district is working with SERVPRO – the cleaning contractor - and Integrity Environmental Services to get rid of the mold. After the work is completed, there will be additional testing before students and staff return to school.

The superintendent also said a meeting will be held the evening before students return to classes so that parents and staff can tour the building and so that representatives from SERVPRO and Integrity Environmental Services can report to the community. The meeting, according to the superintendent, will most likely occur on Wednesday or Thursday of this week – insinuating that the school may be reopened for classes by Friday.

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