Mold to keep Westover Elementary closed for rest of school year

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STAMFORD -

Westover Elementary School in Stamford will remain closed for the rest of the school year while the school undergoes mold remediation, officials announced Friday.

Stamford Mayor David Martin and newly appointed 'Mold Task Force' officials made the announcement at the Government Center Friday morning.

In a press release officials wrote, "After a thorough review, the work required to remediate, restore and repair Westover so it is safe and conducive for learning, cannot be completed in our anticipated timeframe. Therefore, the only course of action is to relocate all students and staff to an alternative location for what is likely to be the remainder of the school year."

Officials say the school will remain closed for the rest of the school year while a company works to remove the spread of mold.

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They say five possible temporary locations for the school have been eyed by officials, but will be narrowed down to just one.

The task force says they have been in contact with food services, the bus company, the fire marshal and the Building Department about their decision-making process.

Westover Elementary has been closed since Wednesday, after the mold was first discovered inside of the building back in August.

School officials say a preliminary air quality test showed elevated mold levels, which prompted their decision to close the school for remediation.

Board of Education officials say they will hold a meeting to discuss further details and a new temporary location
on Monday.

They say their goal is to keep all of the students together in the same building.

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