District sets date for students to return to West Rowan Middle School after microbial growth found

The growth was first discovered in August.
District officials said students at West Rowan Middle School will return to the classrooms Sept. 19.
Published: Sep. 9, 2022 at 3:21 PM EDT
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SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - Students at West Rowan Middle School will return to the classrooms Sept. 19 after a month of virtual learning caused by microbial growth.

Parents first learned of the growth from a message issued by the Chief of Schools on Aug. 17. In order to thoroughly clean the school’s HVAC system and any other impacted areas, the school had to be vacant.

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The message sent out Thursday night was also posted online, and said that the school will continue virtual learning until at least Sept. 9.

Contractors were called in to do the cleaning and sanitizing.

Staff can return Sept. 17 to start preparing for students to return.

“The safety of our students is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the air quality in the building through regular environmental testing after students and staff return to the building,” a representative with Rowan-Salisbury School System told media Friday afternoon.