UPDATE TO ORIGINAL POST FROM THIS MORNING.
This morning we were alerted that SERVPRO was on strike. SERVPRO picketing signs were up at HMS. No notice had gone out to D181 parents from the D181 Administration, who we assumed already knew about the signs. We asked what this would mean for the date that HMS will reopen and urged the Administration to send the community, parents, teachers and staff an email update.
Dr. Schuster sent out the following email to D181 parents at 9:31 a.m.:
"January 24, 2013
Dear District 181 Community,
Our second day of split sessions is underway. Student attendance remains high, with 95.2% of the CHMS students present this morning. We are working to resolve traffic and bus issues and are grateful to the Clarendon Hills Police Department for their continued assistance in guiding cars at drop-off and pick-up.
You may have noticed that a small picket line was present at HMS this morning. A labor group is picketing SERVPRO “for recognition.” The work at HMS has not been interrupted. This should in no way affect SERVPRO’s continued progress in eradicating the mold and preparing HMS for the return of our students and staff as soon as possible.
Please watch for a message later today with a more comprehensive update on their progress.
Dr. Renée Schuster
The signs posted at HMS stated that Laborer's Local Union 225 is On Strike For Recognition because it does not have a contract with SERVPRO. In addition, a giant rat was also prominently displayed near near the sidewalk of the school next to these signs. (Note: As of 2 p.m. the signs and rats had been removed.)
So while SERVPRO's work is continuing, with non Local Union 225 workers, the questions then become:
- Who is SERVPRO using to do the work?
- More importantly, when is the work going to be completed.
We hope Dr. Schuster does send out a "comprehensive" update today regarding the progress of the mold remediation, and informs the students, teachers, staff and parents whether the cleanup and testing will be completed on time. On time would be the date that was represented at the emergency meetings earlier this week. First, on Monday night the Board was told that the removal of baseboards and drywall, as well as the duct cleaning, would be completed by SERVPRO sometime this weekend, allowing for Integrity Environmental Services to enter the building and conduct more air quality and sample/bulk swab tests for mold. The results and report would take up to 48 hours, after which if the building was cleared for re-occupancy, parents and staff would be allowed to tour the building before it reopened next Wednesday. This assumed, of course, that nothing would go wrong. Then on Tuesday, the Board was told that SERVPRO was ahead of schedule by one day. No updates specifying a completion date have been issued by the administration since then.
It is our understanding that perhaps the teachers received notification yesterday that the building will remain closed until at least next Friday, due to the discovery of more mold and the required clean up. We hope Dr. Schuster will tell parents today if there is any truth to this unconfirmed report. If there is truth to it, then we hope she tells us why she would send an email out to parents last night that did not provide this same information. After all, we expect her daily updates to provide everyone with the same and most current information. If this information is not correct, then we hope for the sake of all middle school students in D181 that BOTH CHMS and HMS can return to full day schedules no later than next Wednesday, January 29.