FITCHBURG, Mass. - An elementary school in Fitchburg has been closed for the week after asbestos was found in ceiling tiles damaged by a water leak over the holiday vacation.
Superintendent Andre Ravenelle released a statement early Monday morning announcing Crocker Elementary School would be closed January 2-5.
“We are working with the appropriate agencies and licensed experts to remediate the damage and ensure Crocker continues to be a safe, healthy environment for students, parents, educators and staff.
Emergency Note for Crocker Elementary per Superintendent: There will be NO School for the week of Jan 2nd through 5th.— Fitchburg MA (@FitchburgMass) January 1, 2018
Due to a burst Steam Pipe causing damage to ceiling tiles containing asbestos. Remedial work must be done prior to reoccupying the school. Please share. pic.twitter.com/kxWikIjoWG
Parents were assured no students were affected by the incident.
The decision to close the school for the week was made “after much deliberation and in an abundance of caution for all involved.”
Crews will now work to clean the school before it’s reopened next week.
“This will include thorough testing in all areas and confirmation from all required agencies that the building is safe for our school community,” Ravenelle said.
He said the cancellation of classes would allow for proper planning of the temporary relocation of students and staff, and details of those plans would come from the superintendent’s office.
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