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Superintendent: Estabrook Will Reopen on Monday

PCB air levels deemed safe.

After meeting with an advisory committee yesterday afternoon, Superintendent Paul Ash has made the decision to reopen Estabrook Elementary School for all grades on Monday now that polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) air levels have dropped.

In a letter posted on the Lexington Public Schools' website last night, Ash said the advisory committee – made up of Estabrook staff and parents and town officials – agreed unanimously that it is safe to reopen the school. 

"Many rooms are now below the public health targets suggested by the EPA," Ash wrote. 

Some repositioning of classrooms may need to be done beyond the coming week, and the committee plans to look at further air test results in making decisions going forward, Ash's letter said. 

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, the School Committee will take up the Estabrook situation at a 7:30 p.m. meeting at Clarke Middle School, in the auditorium. The advisory committee will also meet on Sept. 16 to evaluate further air tests. 

To see Ash's letter dated Sept. 10, click here. 

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