PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Another Philadelphia elementary school has asbestos concerns, officials say. A classroom at Francis Hopkinson School in Juniata Park has been shuttered after an asbestos-containing pipe fitting was discovered in it on Thursday.
A letter sent home to parents by the School District of Philadelphia explains that an unoccupied classroom will not be used until the asbestos is remediated.READ MORE: 14-Year-Old Boy Injured In North Philadelphia Shooting, Police Say
“Today, January 16, 2020, the Office of Environmental Management & Services discovered an imminent hazard in Room S1. The major area of concern identified in Room S1 involved damage to asbestos-containing pipe fitting,” the letter reads. “While the room is unoccupied, the area of concern has been addressed and work is being performed to remove all asbestos-containing pipe insulation in the classroom.Philadelphia Students Return To In-Person Learning Monday After Nearly A Year
“No students or staff will return to the classroom until the damage is repaired, and the area is tested and determined to be safe for re-occupancy.”
The school district says the work is expected to be completed by Friday.
While asbestos has been found in the classroom, Francis Hopkinson School will remain open.MORE NEWS: Frustrated Lawmakers Allege Pennsylvania Health Department Failing To Provide Enough Vaccines For Suburban Philadelphia Counties
The district says every time asbestos is found and addressed, they always send a letter home to parents.