Ensuring Safe Learning Environments: Start of School for ABSS Delayed to September 11
We sincerely apologize for the disruption that this decision will cause for our ABSS families and staff, but due to the recent discovery of toxigenic mold in more schools since Friday and tests revealing the possibility of more toxigenic mold at other campuses, we have made the difficult decision to delay the first day of school until Monday, September 11, 2023.
We understand that this delay is inconvenient. However, with more than 25 schools now impacted, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. As you know, upon finding mold at one school, we decided to check all schools for mold and air quality. The Alamance County Commissioners have allowed us to reallocate nearly $17 million to address these issues.
ABSS has hired professional remediation experts who are specially trained to remove this type of mold. They will thoroughly clean all affected materials and HVAC systems following strict remediation procedures. After this deep cleaning, a third party industrial hygienist will test the air quality to certify the buildings are safe for re-occupancy.
We believe this brief postponement is necessary to open schools under safe conditions. We also plan to allow teachers time before opening day to set up their classrooms on September 8. Administrators will communicate with staff regarding those plans.
The District is working to keep Spring Break intact and may have to adjust the school calendar accordingly.
While school is delayed, we’re also working to set up student food sites. Those sites will be announced on Monday, September 4, 2023.
First Day of School
As previously planned, we will have additional staff at all campuses on the first day of school to direct students and help them transition smoothly.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming students back on September 11!
ABSS Mold Remediation Dashboard