Burlington High School closed over air quality concerns

Just two days into the new school year Burlington High School is closing its doors again, now, over air quality concerns.
Published: Sep. 9, 2020 at 6:03 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2020 at 10:38 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Just two days into the new school year, Burlington High School is closing its doors again, now, over air quality concerns.

We’re told air quality tests done in the building show harmful chemicals called PCBs at levels above EPA recommendations. The chemicals originated from caulking on the windows which were installed in the ’70s.

It’s unclear how long there have been elevated levels, but it was discovered in the renovation planning process.

There will be no school at BHS Thursday or Friday. While the school waits for more test results, classes will be held remotely at least through all of next week.

“You know we’ve got a lot to really get students engaged in hands-on, really meaningful learning, and we want to keep that so we’re going to be working really as hard as we can to solve this problem and get students back into school as soon as possible,” said Superintendent Tom Flanagan.

Superintendent Flanagan says there are many different ways to fix the air quality issue, but they need to wait for the other test results.

The closure of the high school does not impact other schools in the district.

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