PCB contamination sidelines Burlington High School in-person learning for semester

Burlington school officials say all high school students will do remote learning for the rest of the semester because of PCB contamination in the building.
Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 12:44 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2020 at 9:00 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington school officials say all high school students will do remote learning for the rest of the semester because of PCB contamination in the building.

Superintendent Tom Flanagan announced Wednesday evening that the campus will remain closed for at least the rest of this semester while they work to address air quality concerns in parts of the building.

Tests released earlier this week showed elevated levels of PCBs, a potential cancer-causing chemical, in part of the school that houses the Burlington Technical Center.

While the rest of the campus met federal EPA air quality standards, it did not meet the higher standards set by the state and officials recommended students not return until the problem was fixed.

The cafeteria is safe to work in so meals will be still be prepped for the community.

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