Einstein Charter School shuts down campus due to asbestos concerns

Einstein Charter School shuts down campus due to asbestos concerns

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An anonymous tip led officials to shut down an elementary school in New Orleans East.

According to the Recovery School District, Einstein Charter School has temporarily closed it's Village de L'Est campus after learning that dangerous levels of asbestos may be present in the school's air.

The Department of Environmental Quality received an anonymous tip that during the summer of 2015, a general contractor working on that building may have inappropriately disposed of ceiling tiles that may have contained asbestos, according to the RSD. The air testing completed in July 2015 cleared the building for reoccupancy, according to a school district spokesperson, but the school is performing additional tests out of an abundance of caution.

The preliminary results of those tests show zero presence of asbestos in the air. However, 15-out-of-40  surface sample tests came back positive. Most of those samples were taken in areas that are inaccessible to children and adults, such as the space below the ceiling grid according to the RSD.

Even though tests show the air is safe, Einstein Charter School's Village de L'Est campus remains closed as of Wednesday, May 11, out of an abundance of caution, according to the RSD.

The Recovery School District is currently working on a clean-up plan in coordination with the Department of Environmental Quality.

Information on when the school will reopen is expected to be released later today.

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