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Hinsdale Middle School closed Friday after discovering possible 'mold growth'

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 4:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 2:57 a.m. CDT

HINSDALE – Hinsdale Middle School will be closed Friday and all after-school activities for Thursday have been canceled in order to expedite the process of checking indoor air quality.

The school had received the results from an indoor air quality assessment completed between Nov. 26 and Dec. 23, and then again on Jan. 10, according to a letter sent out to HMS families from District 181 Superintendent Renée Schuster.

The results from both tests showed the air quality was "well within acceptable guidelines," the letter stated.

On Thursday, a company specializing in this type of building damage and deep cleaning was at HMS to test walls for wetness and remove drywall. Closing the building on Friday will "greatly expedite the cleaning process," according to the letter, and should allow the company to finish addressing the affected areas by Monday afternoon.

During work Thursday, the company discovered possible mold growth, which has been sent in for testing. Results are not expected until late in the day on Friday. Therefore, the school is erring on the side of caution by closing school should the mold tests show any reason for concern, according to the letter.

HMS is the only school in District 181 closed for Friday.

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