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NJ School Pipes Burst Cause Extensive Water Damage. Classes remain remote.

Classes at a public school in Passaic County will remain remote until further notice after heating and cooling equipment broke, causing extensive water damage in classrooms, school officials said. ‘school.

The return to in-person learning at Prospect Park Public School on Brown Avenue — the borough’s only public school — has been delayed after several heating and cooling units ruptured following frozen coils, according to Tyeshia A. Reels, Superintendent of Schools.

“My first priority as superintendent is to ensure that our staff and students are in a safe learning environment,” Reels said in a statement on the neighborhood website.

Reels said a sanitation company was at the school on Monday to assess the damage. Additionally, Reels said she requested an air quality assessment and other tests “so that we can be sure there is no exposure to hazardous materials for students. and staff”.

“Our local health officials agree with this decision,” Reels said. “Therefore, we will continue remote instruction until the building has been deemed safe for in-person return.”

Schools across the state announced ahead of the winter break that they would stay apart until new reported cases of COVID-19 subsided. Many schools reopened in the first or second week of January.

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