NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The gymnasium at North Plainfield Middle School has been closed after mercury was found in the flooring during recent testing.
North Plainfield Superintendent Michelle Aquino sent a letter to parents and staff regarding mercury levels in the District on Tuesday after testing was done in the gym flooring in both the middle school and Somerset School.
“This letter is to inform you of a health and facilities issue at the North Plainfield Middle School and the steps the District is taking to ensure continued safety,” she said. “Our school system is committed to protecting the health of our students and staff. I will be posting reports and communications to the community as well as dedicating this site to informational updates and the remediation process.”
Garden State Environmental (GSE) is scheduled to perform a re-test of the middle school gym on Oct. 31
Echelon is installing the new air conditioning unit in the middle school gym by Wednesday, Nov. 6
Staff Information Session: Monday, Nov. 4, at 3:10 PM (see flier)
GSE will be re-testing the Gym and other areas of the MS within 3 days of the air conditioning unit being installed
GSE, Dr. Lynch & Dr. Favata will be attending the Executive Session of the Board of Education session on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.
October 29th Letter in both English and Espanol
Some additional information:
- Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet - Mercury.pdf
- NPMS Industrial Hygiene Report 10-17-19.pdf
- Somerset School Industrial Hygiene Report 10-17-19.pdf
- Staff Mercury Information Flyer.pdf
- Understanding Mercury Exposure Measurements.pdf
Earlier this school year New Jersey School Boards alerted New Jersey districts to potential issues: https://www.njsba.org/news-publications/school-board-notes/september-10-2019-vol-xliii-no-7/information-available-on-potential-hazard-from-mercury-vapor/
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