PATERSON, NJ- 48 Pre-K students at Public School Number 1 will be relocated following the discovery of black mold in three of the four trailers that house their classrooms.

According to a statement released by Paterson Public Schools, workers found the mold on Wednesday as they were working on one of the trailer’s climate control system. A subsequent inspection of the three remaining trailers led to the discovery of mold in two of them.

“The safety and wellbeing of children who attend Paterson Public Schools is always our top priority,” said Shafer. “It is unfortunate that this is becoming an increasingly common scenario in schools throughout New Jersey, but I’m glad the problem was discovered early in the school year and that we are working swiftly toward appropriate solutions.”

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Assistant Superintendent Cicely Warren and Principal Joanne Barca were scheduled to meet with parents on Wednesday to discuss relocation options for affected students and families including those that walk or drive to school, and those that have older siblings who attend Public School 1. School administrators will also make themselves available on Thursday and Friday to parents and caregivers that cannot attend the meeting. To make an appointment parents and caregivers can call 973-321-0490
According to the statement relocated students will attend classes at Public School 1’s main building tomorrow and Friday. District officials are working to have all affected students relocated by Monday with no interruptions to their education. 
The district will remove and replace all four of the Pre-K’s trailers because it is more economical than repairing the trailers, Shafer said.