Mold remediation forces South Jersey schools to learn remotely, shift buildings

District says families should plan for at least two weeks of disruptions
Lumberton Middle School
Lumberton Middle School Photo credit Tim Jimenez/KYW Newsradio

LUMBERTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Two schools in Lumberton, Burlington County are being disrupted after mold was discovered in a few dozen classrooms.

In a letter sent to families Wednesday night, Lumberton Township School District Superintendent Dr. Colleen Murray said mold was discovered in 16 classrooms at Lumberton Middle School and 10 at Bobby’s Run School, which are located right next to each other.

Remediation is needed, so the district consulted with education and health officials from the county and state to come up with a plan.

Starting Thursday, some Bobby’s Run elementary students and staff will relocate to areas of the middle school that are not impacted. Only students in the 10 affected classrooms will move to the middle school; the rest will stay where they are.

Meanwhile, Lumberton Middle students and staff will shift to remote learning.

Bobby’s Run will operate on a two-hour delay on Thursday, and Lumberton Middle will start online classes at 10 a.m. That gives elementary school teachers time to move their belongings to the other building, and middle school students the chance to go to the school and get devices they may need or may have left behind in their lockers.

It was not immediately clear to officials how long it would take to remove all of the mold and how long this plan would be in effect.

“While we do not have a remediation completion date, LMS families should plan for the possibility of two weeks of remote learning,” Murray wrote.

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