PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) - A western Massachusetts school district is delaying their first day of classes.
All Palmer students will start a week later than scheduled, but it's unclear where the Elementary school students will be going to class.
Old Mill Pond Elementary School in Palmer has an air quality issue. It started this summer when mold was found in classroom carpets now it's airborne.
"Long term goal to remove the carpets for good, so we don't have to deal with this again", says Thomas Charko, Palmer Schools Superintendent.
The cleanup work is done, but the air quality is just not at an acceptable level.
About 600 students go to Old Mill Pond Elementary, but all Palmer students will begin classes on September 4th, a week later than scheduled.
Superintendent Charko told 22News they haven't decided what they'll do with the Elementary school students, but moving some or all of them to the High School or Middle School temporarily is an option.
(Is there enough room in the other schools to house the students for however long it may be?)
"That's exactly what our administration has been looking at, we believe there are, there's capacity. That doesn't mean people won't be inconvenienced, this is not an ideal situation", says Charko.
Superintendent Charko told 22News he's putting together a plan to present it to the school committee next Thursday. If students do have to attend other schools, he doesn't expect it to last longer than two months.