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DuBois Area Middle School closed due to mold, high school open

Cleaning professionals started on the middle school Thursday morning and students did not go to class. (WJAC)

DUBOIS, Pa. - Although DuBois high school students returned to class Thursday, the middle school closed for mold concerns.

Superintendent Dr. Luke Lansberry said mold was discovered at the DuBois Area Middle School after the high school was cleaned and professionals inspected other buildings in the district.

12 rooms and two cafeterias at the middle school were identified for remediation efforts.

Cleaning professionals started on the middle school Thursday morning and students did not go to class.

Mold at the middle school comes a week after it was discovered at the high school. The DuBois Area High school was closed for five days for professional cleaning and air tests.

High school students returned to class Thursday.

Lansberry said the auditorium, gymnasium and locker rooms have been cleared and approved for use.

Athletic events and the community concert scheduled for the weekend will continue.

Lansberry said once classes resume, the district will reach out to the state Department of Education to learn their options for making up the missed days.

Lansberry thanked the community for their patience and understanding.

"The simple fact is mold is everywhere," Lansberry said. "If your windows are open, it could blow in and land on your table or it could blow in and land on the tables in our school. There are all different types of mold. This was a tough situation that we've been dealt."

The DuBois Area Middle School will be closed again on Friday.

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