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Highlands High School students return to classes after mold delay

October 2, 2018

Some Highlands High School seniors celebrated their last first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 with donuts. The start of classes at the high school was delayed from last week because of mold in the building.

Highlands High School students returned to classes Tuesday, a few days later than the rest of the district’s students.

The first day of the 2018-19 school year had been set for Thursday for all Highlands students. But high school students had their summer breaks extended after mold was detected in the school.

Humid, muggy and wet weather created “ideal conditions” for mold to grow, district officials said in a statement.

While air quality testing found mold spore counts inside the building no higher than outside, district officials decided to delay the start of school for high school students to allow for cleaning the entire building, which they said required it to be empty.

The district hired a professional cleaning service, ServPro Cleaning, to clean and dehumidify the school.

The district said it plans to ask the state Department of Education to waive the two missed days for high school students so they will not have to made up.

District officials did not immediately comment on the status of that request Tuesday.

Spokesman Eric Levis said the education department does not yet have a waiver request from the district.

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