SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY Update: After routine air quality testing revealed elevated levels of microparticles at George Bancroft Elementary last Friday, the Scranton School District hired a professional service company to sterilize the building over the weekend.
The cleanup was effective, as Monday’s testing revealed that air quality levels are normal.
“The entire building was cleaned this weekend to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Superintendent Alexis T. Kirijan. “We will resume classes on a one and a half hour delay tomorrow to give our teachers extra time to resettle into their classrooms.”
Classes will begin tomorrow morning at 9:40 a.m.
SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Classes were canceled today at the George Bancroft elementary school in Scranton. Despite our notice -- and efforts of the school district itself -- it appears that not all parents got the message. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has the details.
Just before 8:00 o'clock -- parents started showing up at George Bancroft Elementary School to drop off their kids -- not knowing classes were canceled.
It was a scene that played out several times.
"i just got here. I see no kids coming down. I was like -- is there school today? We didn't know" said a surprised Christine Guimaraes
While we were interviewing Christine Guimaraes -- even more parents showed up -- thinking it was a regular day.
"No, I had no idea because i just noticed because the teacher is usually outside" added Maybelline Vasconez who Eyewitness News Photojournalist Joe Butash told school was canceled.
On Friday, routine air quality testing showed elevated signs of micro-particles inside part of the school.
The superintendent called in a cleaning crew which scrubbed down the building over the weekend.
Because new air quality tests were needed Monday morning -- classes were canceled.
Doctor Alexis Kirijan, Superintendent, says a "one call" message went out to parents on Friday and news reports were broadcast through the weekend.
She says -- as hard as the district tries -- some times parents don't pay attention to the "one call."
"it's our standard operating procedure on how we notify parents of any type of communication that we would like them to know"
When our cameras arrived -- we even found two students standing outside the school.
Eyewitness News called police just to make sure they were safe -- as a maintenance worker from inside the school also came out to check on them.
Overall, parents were understanding given the situation.
We should learn later today if classes will resume tomorrow.