Mold Found in a Jackson Township School
Mold discovered in classrooms at the Rosenauer Elementary School in Jackson this summer is being cleaned up.
Staff has been transferred to Jackson Liberty High School while the remediation takes place.
Some parents expressed their concerns to the Asbury Park Press, saying they are worried whether the clean up will be sufficient enough.
"As we continue to prepare for the opening of school, we wanted to let you know about a cleanup project that is going on at the Rosenauer Elementary School," Jackson School District Business Administrator Michelle Richard said in a statement on the school's website.
"This summer our staff found some mold growing on hard surfaces in some of our classrooms due to the very wet' summer we had this year and the resulting humidity," she added. "We took the time to train our staff on the proper way to remove mold. As we do in all of our schools, we followed the Environmental Protection Agency's protocol for mold remediation and monitored all areas of the school daily. "
The distric also hired an industrial hygienist to assess its procedures to prevent future mold issues.
"As a result of their assessment, they have recommended further cleaning by a mold remediation company and our custodial staff," Richardson tells the Ocean Signal. "We have contracted with a remediation company, Adam Industrial Cleaning and Maintenance Co., to professionally assist us this weekend with a thorough cleaning. After the cleaning is done, we will have the industrial hygienist return for a final test."
The New Jersey Department of Health is aware of the issue and cleanup efforts at the school.
"It is our hope that you have confidence in our commitment to making sure our schools are safe," she said. Parents of students in the school with concerns or questions are urged to contact Mr. Polakowski, who has been relocated with his staff to Jackson Liberty High School during the cleanup.
Parents will be updated on September 3rd. No other information was provided by the district.