New Jersey district closes schools amid mold concerns

WILLIAMSTOWN, New Jersey -- A New Jersey school district has closed all its schools for the rest of this week so it can check for mold.

Monroe Township took the action after parents on Monday night raised concerns.

Officials last Thursday night decided to close Holly Glen Elementary School after mold was discovered. Plans called for relocating the school's 537 students at three other schools until the mold was cleaned.

Several parents expressed displeasure with the information coming from the district on the situation, especially following what was to be an update meeting.

The district said it will be employing a task force of local union leaders to relay information to the public.

Plans to have teachers prepare replacement classrooms from the school were canceled. An open house for students and parents at their alternative schools were also canceled.

On Friday, many parents were confused and frustrated upon learning that their children were being taught in a school with mold issues. But that anger was renewed after word quickly spread that mold-infested ceiling tiles were being removed at another school, Williamstown Middle School, while students were still in class.
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