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Return to Hinsdale Middle School pushed back to Feb. 3

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 4:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 8:10 a.m. CDT
(Bill Ackerman)
Hinsdale Middle School students head for buses on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, after the first day of a split school day schedule at Clarendon Hills Middle School. Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com

HINSDALE – Students and staff hoping to return to Hinsdale Middle School on Tuesday could have to wait nearly a week longer than expected.

Feb. 3 is the new tentative date of return to the school, where crews are working to remediate concentrated areas of mold, according to a District 181 letter sent Friday to the community.

On Thursday and Friday, students and staff commuted to Clarendon Hills Middle School for a split schedule. Officials previously thought a Tuesday return to normal was possible. Now the split schedule is expected to continue through end of next week.

SERVPRO, as of Friday, had already removed and treated much of the affected areas throughout the school. The company anticipates "final cleaning" on Monday and Tuesday, followed by ductwork cleaning through Jan. 31, the letter stated.

If further delays occur, other locations for Hinsdale Middle School instruction will be considered. The administration will present possible options for off-site locations at Monday's 7 p.m. district board meeting at Elm School in Burr Ridge.

Representatives from SERVPRO and Healy, Bender and Associates architectural firm will provide a progress update and duscuss facility needs at the meeting, according to the letter.

It also is possible that cleaning could be completed sooner than expected. Families are encouraged to check the district's Facility Updates webpage.

And just in case the district didn't have enough scheduling woes, extreme cold is expected for Monday and Tuesday. The forecast for both days calls for a high temperature of minus 4, including areas of blowing snow Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

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