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Mold Puts Delay on Beginning of School Year

The Williamsport School District Has Pushed Back The Start Of School By One Week

WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WOYU-TV) - Some parents getting ready to send their kids back to school next week, may have to put the brakes on their plans.

A local school district in Lycoming County is delaying the start of the school year due to what's become an increasing problem. 

Due to record amounts of rain and extensive humidity this summer, schools across the district are facing severe moisture and mold issues.

"Oh no," said Michele Roberto.

"That's too bad," said Scott Bozochovic.

Holding students back from marching down their hallways next Tuesday, the scheduled start of the school year.

Some parents tell Eyewitness News some parents say the district made the right decision.

"Well I certainly understand that and you certainly don't want to put the health of our students at risk," said Sally Bjornstad.

"That would be a very serious concern with the mold," said John Howell.

According to a statement released by District Spokesman, Greg Hayes, the district says it "believes more time is needed to ensure a safe environment for the return of students and staff".

The district is not saying at this time how many buildings are affected, or what grade levels.

It's simply delaying everything for a week.

"It's not healthy for the kids to be in that environment," said Roberto.

Others understand the need, but are frustrated the delay comes at the last minute.

"Parents were expecting the kids to go back to school and now they can't," said Natasha Day.

"Yeah that's going to be a big strain on a lot of people with babysitters and what have you, oh yeah," said Scott Bozochovic.

And, they offered up some solutions to help prevent this from happening in the future.

"Put in dehumidifiers all throughout the schools. I mean the basement, the ground floor, upstairs," said Bjornstad.

The first day of school for students will now be Tuesday September 4th and a revised open house schedule will begin on Tuesday August 28th.

The district has hired a restoration company, to provide an added layer of cleaning to schools where these conditions exist.


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