DE Elementary School Remains Open Amid Health Department Investigation

WILMINGTON, De. (CBS) — While two classrooms and one computer lab have been quarantined, Pulaskie Elementary School in Wilmington remains open amid an investigation into mold found over the summer.

Air quality issues first came to light back in August. School records show that mold was identified and ongoing cleaning did take place, but that the issue was not entirely resolved.

This week, inspectors with the Department of Public Health toured the interior to aid administrators in understanding the severity of the issue.

“The thought is that it is isolated, but it seems to be a problem throughout the school,” said Wilmington City Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker, “There’s a problem with mice. There’s a problem with maggots, mildew, mold and termites.”

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Photos shared with Eyewitness News display some of what Councilwoman Walker is talking about. She has been critical of the matter since it came to her attention.

“The question is would you want your kids attending school under those conditions,” she asked Friday.

Some parents say they received letters home, and are happy about the proactive steps taken by the school. Alexis Hunter heard about the matter from other parents and asked her son about it.

“I said, ‘Have you seen any mold or anything?’ he said, ‘No.’ So everything is good in his classroom,” she said.

But the true extent of the air quality issue will largely depend on the unseen. Councilwoman Walker says that she and the school district have agreed that the decision whether to keep the school open or closed will depend on the Health Department’s findings.

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