Scranton schools to be closed

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(WBRE/WYOU) — According to the Scranton School District, three schools will be closed Thursday, January 30, 2020.

The three schools are Robert Morris Elementary, Northeast Intermediate, and Willard Elementary.

Morris Elementary is closed Thursday, January 30, 2020 and Friday, January 31, 2020 for remediation and removal of pipe fittings. The school will reopen after all affected areas are stabilized and air quality tests report safe conditions.

Willard Elementary is also closed both Thursday and Friday due to wall and ceiling deterioration. The school will reopen after all affected areas are stabilized and air quality tests report safe conditions.

Northeast Intermediate will be closed Thursday, January 30, 2020 in order for testing to be conducted to determine if asbestos is present in the materials used in the building’s original construction.

This comes on the heels of the news that the Scranton School District is dealing with lead in its water. In a statement, superintendent Melissa McTiernan said, “Every three years district buildings are inspected for asbestos. Due to the age of our facilities, fifteen buildings have asbestos, mostly within pipe fittings and insulation, flooring mastic, and plaster. Asbestos poses a risk when it becomes damaged or disturbed. If asbestos-containing materials are found to be damaged, we work with environmental professionals to perform the required remediation.”

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