District corrects unhealthy conditions in city schools, what still needs to be done

Some classes will relocate as work continues after the school year begins.

Mike DeNardo
August 27, 2018 - 12:23 am



PHIALDELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) --  After springtime headlines about unhealthy conditions inside Philadelphia schools, the district says its buildings are safe for Monday’s start of classes. 

Superintendent William Hite says crews worked throughout the summer to resolve hazardous conditions in the city's aging school buildings.

"With respect to the asbestos, the mold and the most critical areas where we had peeling paint -- all of those areas have been addressed over the summer and are ready to go," he said.

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Hite explains work will continue after the school year begins, and that means some classes will relocate.

"Children will not be sitting in rooms that are being painted,” he said. “They will be relocated to other places in the school."

An extra $8 million in state money is funding the lead paint removal.