Target Date for HMS Re-Open Now Feb. 3

That means the split schedule at Clarendon Hills Middle School will likely continue all next week.

Hinsdale Middle School (Patch file photo)
Hinsdale Middle School (Patch file photo)

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It does not appear that Hinsdale Middle School will be ready to re-open next week as District 181 officials previously thought it might. 

Though a number of tasks being carried out by SERVPRO have been completed as of Friday afternoon, it appears the contractor's mold-remediation work won't be completed until Friday, Jan. 31, according to a statement from District 181 superintendent Renée Schuster

After SERVPRO's work is complete, the district will bring in Integrity Environmental Services to perform final air-quality testing before hopefully re-opening for students on Monday, Feb. 3.

Under that scenario, an open house at HMS would be held on Feb. 2.

"Unless a change in the timeline is presented, the split schedule with CHMS will continue through January 31," Schuster said.

The split schedule at Clarendon Hills Middle School has been in effect since Thursday. CHMS students attend from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and HMS students attend from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

READ: 1st Split-Schedule Day at CHMS an 'Overall Success'

As of Friday afternoon, the second floor at HMS contains no mold-showing drywall, according to Schuster's statement, and about 40 percent of the first floor has been remediated. The school's science rooms have been insulated, and the MRC carpet has been cleaned.

"SERVPRO anticipates that the final cleaning will begin on Monday, January 27 and continue into Tuesday, January 28," Schuster said. "The ductwork cleaning is slated to begin on Wednesday, January 29 and completed by Friday, January 31."

District 181 director of communications Bridget McGuiggan said in a separate email that SERVPRO workers will be working through the weekend. 

READ: Picketers Outside HMS Not Hired Workers

Administrators and board members said at Tuesday night's emergency board meeting that they thought SERVPRO's work could be completed this weekend, with Integrity's testing done in time for a Tuesday or Wednesday re-opening.

Schuster reminded the community in Friday's statement that the district and its contractors are working on a "fluid timeline."

"It is possible the work may be completed sooner, and it is possible there may be further delays," she said. "If we have additional news on the progress of the work at HMS, we will share that information via email and on the Facility Updates webpage."

Understanding that further delays are possible, Schuster and the District 181 administration will present "initial considerations for off-site locations" at Monday night's board meeting. District contractors working on the HMS remediation will also provide progress updates.

How has the split schedule worked so far? Can you take another week of it? Tell us in the comments.


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