East Pennsboro High School closure extended

Written by Craig Rhodes and The Associated Press | Aug 27, 2016 8:47 AM

(Enola) -- Summer break will continue well into September for students at East Pennsboro High School in Cumberland County.

Due to continued concern over air quality, District Superindentent Jay Burkhart said Friday he anticipates the high school will remain closed for at least three more weeks.

The first week back to school was thwarted in the district after mold was found on ceiling tiles and pipe insulation in the high school and air quality tests revealed elevated levels of mold spores in the Middle School and West Creek Hills Elementary.

It had been hoped the high school could open next week, but in a statement posted on the district's website, Burkhart said more time was needed to complete the re-insulation of pipes and conduct air quality tests.

Burkhart said he remains hopeful the West Creek Hills Elementary School will return to regular operating hours on Tuesday.  He said the middle school will remain closed until at least Wednesday.

A testing company blamed the mold growth on extreme humidity and rain over the summer.

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