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School will remain shut until Christmas as more mold is found

October 26, 2010
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LAWRENCE, MA — Officials today are scrambling to assemble a plan to relocate the Guilmette School''s 1,150 students following yesterday''s announcement that the building will remain closed at least through Christmas because a mold infestation is more extensive than first believed, according to the Eagle-Tribune.
Mayor William Lantigua and schools chief Mary Lou Bergeron said Guilmette''s elementary and middle school students would be relocated as early as Monday, the article noted.
The Guilmette School was closed October 18, after work crews failed over the weekend before to eradicate mold that was then believed confined to a boiler room and surrounding hallways, the article stated.
According to the article, two types of mold were found in the initial infestation, including a black mold with strains that can cause chronic fatigue, headaches, fever, rashes and chronic coughing: The symptoms can be more extensive among people with allergies and can include nausea, vomiting and bleeding in the lungs and nose.
The decision to keep Guilmette closed through Christmas came after a series of cascading developments at the school over the last few days, including the discovery of mold infestations in the spaces between the ceiling of the building''s first level and the floor of the second level, the article added.
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