School to begin Monday after mold is cleaned up at Staley Elementary

Classes will resume Monday at Staley Elementary School in Rome, after cleaning crews have spent the last several days cleaning away mold at the school.

Posted: Sep 7, 2018 1:51 PM

ROME – Classes will resume Monday at Staley Elementary School in Rome, after cleaning crews have spent the last several days cleaning away mold at the school.

The problem was visible – they saw spores and surface mold caused by an overly humid summer. The school is also located along the Mohawk Rived and water flows underneath it as well.

Instead of school beginning Thursday like it was supposed to, cleaning crews filled the classrooms to eradicate the mold. The superintendent says it’s now safe for occupation.

“We had a professional cleaning company come in and clean a few of the classrooms that had some surface mold on the ceiling,” said Peter Blake, superintendent of the Rome City School District.

“Surfaces like chairs, things of that nature, bookshelves, we cleaned with a special anti-bacterial clean and then they get re-inspected by an air quality agency.”

Blake says the building passed air quality tests and he says those tests will continue for three more weeks.

Staley Elementary School students will head back to class on Monday.

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