HARTFORD, Conn. – An elementary school in Hartford has been shut down indefinitely after low levels of the hazardous chemical PCB were found. The polychlorinated biphenyls were found in the air at Clark Elementary School during a routine test at the school just before winter break. The tests were being done as part of a project to put a new sprinkler system in the building.
PCBs were used in construction and electrical products before 1978. The air samples came back higher than the recommended level for kids five years old and younger.
The school was closed, and as of Monday the students will be relocated to other schools, while more testing is done at Clark. Students in Pre-K through 3rd grade will resume classes at the Museum Academy at Wish School. Grades 4 through 8 will be housed in the Journalism and Media Academy on Tower Ave. The two ABA classrooms will be relocated to Simpson Waverly School. Children who either walk or ride the bus to Clark, will be given rides to their new locations.
To inform families and answer any questions, Clark school officials will be holding a meeting at 10 AM Saturday in the Salvation Army Office at 100 Nelson Street in Hartford. There will also be open houses held at the new school sites.
To find out more about PCBs, the EPA has more information here. http://www.epa.gov/pcbsincaulk/maxconcentrations.htm