Plainfield Academy Reopens After Mold Discovered in Classrooms

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    Plainfield Academy reopened Thursday just one day after the southwest suburban school was closed due to mold in classrooms.

    Officials said small amounts of common mold were found in five classrooms and a few areas throughout the building, located at 23930 W. Lockport St.

    The school was closed Wednesday to be “cleaned and sterilized.”

    Two environmental consultants inspected the building’s air quality, ventilation system, and moisture levels, and confirmed the school is safe for classes, officials said.

    “The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority,” an announcement from District 202 on the school’s website read. “We will continue to monitor conditions at Plainfield Academy.”

    District spokesman Tom Hernandez said closing the school was an “extra precaution” after a few teachers reported seeing mold in their rooms.

    He said no students or staff reported feeling ill and the school did not see a spike in absentee rates.

    “There’s more mold on the bottom of your shoe than what were in those buildings,” he said. “This was a blip, an anomaly. There were no complaints of people feeling sick, students or adults.”

    Hernandez said the school was cleaned with bleach and that officials will continue to take precautions.