The Thames Valley District School Board says Ekcoe Central Public School students will continue to attend temporary classes at Glencoe District High School until at least the start of next week.
Another update is expected by the end of the day Monday, September 19th.
The school has been closed for remediation and renovations after substances which could promote the growth of mould were discovered just before classes were to start on the first day of school.
In an update released Thursday afternoon, the board also outlined steps taken so far to address the problem:
- Hard surface items and non-porous contents have been cleaned in accordance with approved health and safety standards and will be returned back to the rooms. Porous contents have been packaged and removed from the site for disposal. For example, all tack boards were removed and new tack boards reinstalled. All chalk boards were removed, cleaned and returned. All desks and hard surface chairs will be cleaned and returned for use while all fabric, upholstered items and carpets have been removed.
- All ceiling tiles throughout the entire building have been removed and will be replaced with new tile.
- Detailed cleaning of all spaces, including underside of steel roof, light fixtures, fire and life safety devices, projectors and white boards.
- A large portion of the ventilation ducts have been removed. All remaining duct work has been professionally cleaned. The ventilation system has been redesigned by the Board’s Mechanical Engineering Consultant to ensure fresh air to all areas of the building.
- All lower cabinets containing classroom sinks have been removed and replaced with the exception of the newly renovated Kindergarten classroom.
- The Board’s occupational health and safety consultants Pinchin Environmental and OH Solutions have been jointly overseeing the project. Upon thorough cleaning of each room, both consultants inspected each room on an individual basis and air sampling was conducted. Additional consultants’ reports may be viewed in the school office as they are available.
- Air samples were collected on September 11, 2016 in rooms where remediation has been completed and “all results were favorable for reoccupancy,” according to the latest report by OH Solutions.
The board adds that once the necessary work is completed, teaching staff will also be given time to prepare classrooms for the return of students to Ekcoe Central Public School. In the meantime, the board says Ekcoe Central students “have been provided with a well supervised, safe learning environment in temporary classrooms at Glencoe District High School”.