Note that in her email to parents, Dr. Schuster claims that there will be a parent meeting the night before school reopens. She then says this will take place on Wednesday or Thursday, which obviously means that school might not reopen on Thursday either. While Dr. Schuster says the testing company will be available to answer questions about their report, she does not say whether or not SHE or the BOARD OF EDUCATION will answer questions. Will the meeting even be scheduled as a Board meeting? Will the Board members even be in attendance?
According to Dr. Schuster's email, the results from the mold test showed "low concentration of mold spores on the drywall and surface samples tested." However, obviously the results were serious enough to keep HMS closed through at least Wednesday, perhaps Thursday. New mold test results are pending and there is also reference in the mold report to the possibility that the HVAC system in the building has been compromised and spores may be circulating throughout the school via this system. If the new tests come back as positive for more mold, what will this mean? Will the school remain shuttered indefinitely? HMS students will have missed a minimum of 5 instructional days (6 if school remains closed on Thursday). There is no doubt that this means that for them, the school year will not end on June 5, 2014.
As mentioned above, two full weeks after the first pipe burst on January 4, D181 has created a webpage that gives a detailed timeline of the mold found at HMS. Test result reports are also linked to this page. We have copied the "history timeline" in its entirety below, but for those of you who want to see it on the D181 website and access all of the reports, you can click on the following link: http://www.d181.org/hms/facility-updates/index.aspx.
Why has it taken this long to provide the community with all of this information?
WHEN WILL DR.SCHUSTER WAKE UP and start acting like a responsible superintendent? WHEN WILL THE BOARD DEMAND THIS? The end of her employment in D181 cannot come soon enough!
Letter from Dr. Schuster:
Dear District 181 Community:
This message is to provide you with the results of the mold testing conducted at HMS by Integrity Environmental Services on Thursday, January 16. Additional updates are described below and require the immediate attention of HMS families and staff.
The results from indoor air quality testing conducted on January 10 after the water damage occurred show the air quality to be well within acceptable guidelines. On January 16, surface samples were taken of possible mold growth observed by SERVPRO staff, who were on site to perform deep cleaning and removal of wet drywall. The results from these samples showed low concentrations of mold spores on the drywall and surface samples tested.
A webpage has been created to provide timely and accurate information regarding the HMS facility challenges that are being addressed. We encourage all HMS families and staff to visit the page for a detailed background of these facility issues and to see further updates as they are announced. We have also posted the written reports from the testing that has been conducted. The webpage can be found at www.d181.org > Schools > HMS > Facility Updates.
The District is working with SERVPRO and Integrity Environmental Services to eradicate the mold following the microbial remediation guidelines provided by Integrity, which are posted on the webpage. After this work is complete, additional testing will be completed prior to resuming classes at HMS.
Perhaps most important to note is that Hinsdale Middle School ONLY will be closed on Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22.(As a reminder, all District 181 schools are closed on Monday.) HMS staff will not be in school on Tuesday. However, HMS staff members are asked to check their email for information regarding professional development taking place on Wednesday.
The evening before we resume classes, there will be a meeting where parents and staff can tour the facility and hear reports from representatives from SERVPRO and Integrity Environmental Services. We anticipate that this meeting will occur on Wednesday or Thursday evening. Please visit the HMS Facility Updates webpage for the confirmed meeting date and time, information about school event cancelations or rescheduling, calendar adjustments and other important news.
In partnership with all of our families, staff and community leaders, we will continue working together to support our HMS school community.
Dr. Renée Schuster
Timeline of Events found on D181 webpage created to address Mold Issues at HMS: