Archive for August 24th, 2012

Purple Sage Elementary cleared to open Monday

The first day of school won’t be thwarted at Purple Sage Elementary in the Round Rock school district.

The school was cleared to open Monday after passing air-quality tests today in all but one classroom, according to a district spokeswoman.

Test results for the one classroom tested slightly higher for two types of molds than what is noticed in levels outdoors. The district will seal off that room and three nearby rooms to conduct an additional test. The abatement process has cost the district approximately $400,000 to date.

The school is safe for students and staff to return, according to district officials, and teachers will begin moving into their classrooms Saturday.

District officials have spent the past week removing mold at the school, 11801 Tanglebriar Trail in Austin. Last week, the district received lab test results that confirmed the presence of different types of molds in several classrooms.

“Best practices indicate that an abnormal allergen mold result in one area of a campus does not call for a complete school closure,” the district said in a statement. “In previous years the district has sealed off portions of a building to address air-quality issues while allowing normal activities to continue within the campus.”

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