Mold discovery delays school openings in New Jersey

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Mold discovery delays school openings in New Jersey
Anthony Johnson reports on the mold found at several New Jersey schools.

HOPATCONG, New Jersey (WABC) -- Students at two schools in New Jersey are getting a slightly longer summer vacation after the discovery of mold pushed back the first day of school.

The mold was detected at two elementary schools in Hopatcong, delaying the start of the year by one week. Spores were discovered by a teacher last week at Hudson Maxim Elementary School, and they were also found in the Tulsa Trail Elementary School.

Both buildings have now been shut down until cleared of mold.

"We want to test all the schools as a precaution," acting Superintendent Dr. Joanne Mullane said. "The goal is to make sure the buildings are safe for our students and staff."

Parents and students spent Thursday afternoon basking in the sun along the shores of the lake, and while students were all smiles when asked about the delayed start, parents were concerned about the mold problem that has crept up in school districts around the state.

In Ocean County, Lakehurst Elementary will remain closed due to mold. Students will be in class on schedule, but they will use space at the St. John's Church in Lakewood as well as Manchester schools.

They could be in their temporary homes until November.

The mold is being blamed on the weather, with officials saying the combination of heat, humidity and rain spread the problem.

"The moisture in the air created the problem," one parent said.

The Hopatcong students are now expected to begin the school year on September 10.

Here is the full list of schools in New Jersey that have reported mold:

--Hudson Maxim Elementary School and Tulsa Trail Elementary School in Hopatcong, Sussex County

--Bayberry Elementary School in Watchung, Somerset County

--Lakehurst Elementary School in Lakehurst, Ocean County

--White Township School in Stafford Township, Ocean County

--Emma Havens Young Elementary School and Lake Riviera Middle School in Brick Township


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