Education

Granville County elementary schools cancel first day of class due to mold

Posted August 27

— Two Granville County elementary schools have canceled the first day of classes due to mold found inside the building.

Butner-Stem Elementary School officials announced on the school website Sunday night that the school will not open as scheduled Monday for the first day of classes due to “concerns about air quality issues in the building.”

An air quality and surface test conducted earlier Sunday found mold on hard surfaces in some of the buildings and classrooms and officials made the decision to close the school for the “immediate future” until a professional cleaning crew can remove all mold from the building.

School officials anticipate the school will be closed for the remainder of the week, according to the message posted on the school’s website.

"We realize this is a massive inconvenience to everyone, but we are not willing to take any chances with the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff," said a spokesperson for the school.

Meanwhile, the district announced crews working to clear mold from Creedmoor Elementary School were told Sunday that the building has been cleared for reentry, based on air quality tests conducted Sunday.

Despite the clearance, the school has decided to delay the first day of class until Aug. 31 in order to prepare the building and "ensure the absolute safety of our staff and students."

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  • Jeff Freuler Aug 28, 5:43 a.m.
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    They had all summer to find this and now just days before school starts they close it.

    Somebody is not doing their job