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December 10, 2018

Toxic mold discovery prompts evacuation, closure of Yonkers school

September 25, 2018
Yonkers Public Schools’ Paideia School 15 tested positive for mold after samples of tiles were taking for testing on the weekend. (Google Maps)

A Yonkers school remained closed Tuesday after a toxic mold discovery prompted an emergency evacuation.

Ceiling tiles in parts of Yonkers Public Schools’ Paideia School 15 tested positive for mold after samples of tiles were taking for testing on the weekend.




“Our Paideia School 15 family has been notified of the emergency maintenance situation and the students and faculty all have been safely evacuated to our designed emergency location,” said Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools.

More than 575 students and 84 faculty and administrative staff use the building.

The school was evacuated Monday afternoon to Annunciation School, and removal of mold was scheduled to start Monday evening.

Adelaid Environmental Health, the company that sampled the building, told News 12 Westchester a toxic black mold called stachybotrys was found.

Students will relocate Wednesday.

Kindergarten through 4th grade will be sent to Dodson Elementary school and 5th through 8th to Roosevelt High School.

“Yonkers Public Schools will continue to update the school community as the abatement continues,” a statement on Yonkers Public Schools website read.




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