Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announced at a special meeting of the Board of Education that due to elevated mold levels, based on preliminary air quality test results received at 4:00 p.m. today, the building will be closed immediately for additional remediation.
In order to expedite the remediation and ensure the safety and health of all students and staff members, the Mold Task Force, established by Mayor David Martin, Superintendent Earl Kim and Board President David Mannis, recommended the removal of all students and staff, instead of relocating them throughout the building. The Mold Task Force comprises City of Stamford Director of Administration Michael Handler, City Engineer Lou Casolo and Interim Director of Operations Cindy Grafstein, as well as SPS Deputy Superintendent Tamu Lucero and Chief Financial and Operations Officer Clarence Zachery.
The district is working closely with the Boys and Girls Club to provide childcare for those families who do not have the option of keeping their children at home during the day. Transportation to the Boys and Girls club will be provided by First Student for those students who require it. Students who need to go to the Boys and Girls club should report to their regularly scheduled bus stops for transportation. To ease the transition for students, the district is providing additional support staff to assist at the Boys and Girls Club. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students.
Families are reminded that Wednesday, October 31, is a scheduled early release day, and students will be dismissed from the Boys and Girls Club at 1:20 p.m. Buses will be provided.
It is anticipated that remediation efforts will continue through Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Families will be updated as progress continues.