Summer vacation continues Wednesday morning for elementary students at Ekcoe Central Public School.
Students and parents arrived at the school in Glencoe on Tuesday to find out it was closed due to ongoing concerns over the presence of mould in some classrooms.
The school will remain closed Wednesday. Officials promised to provide an update on the situation to parents Wednesday afternoon.
According to a release from the school board issued Tuesday morning, environmental consultants, professional cleaners and school board staff have been working to eradicate the mould since it was first discovered by school staff in late August.
Environmental reports suggest the mould called Cladosporium is a common surface species typically found on grass and soil.
After finding evidence Tuesday morning of substances that may promote the growth of mould, officials decided to close the school until independent tests can verify the school is safe for everyone to return.
Updates on the situation will be posted on the school website, Facebook page and on the window near the school’s front door.
Parents will also receive the update on a recorded telephone message.
The Centres for Disease Control notes Cladosporium is a mold that is common in the environment. It is a very rare cause of human illness, but it has been known to cause several different types of infections, including skin, eye, sinus, and brain infections. Cladosporium has also been associated with allergies and asthma.