Hopkinson Elementary School closed indefinitely for asbestos removal

Mike DeNardo
February 07, 2020 - 4:09 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The School District of Philadelphia says Hopkinson Elementary School in Juniata will remain closed indefinitely for asbestos work. The school has been closed since Monday.

An inspection of Hopkinson turned up several areas with asbestos that needed repairing. District spokeswoman Monica Lewis says that asbestos will be removed, before lead paint work in the building is done.

"There are no imminent hazards at the building. We're just right now doing some work to clean up, and then to make sure that we get everything prepared for the lead paint stabilization project," Lewis explained.

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The school's 875 students have been relocated to three different schools, and Lewis says they'll continue to go there until further notice.

"We have breakfast for them, but we also make sure that they have all the materials that are currently at the Hopkinson site will be transported to the other schools so that they can have a normal instruction process with their teachers," she added.

Hopkinson is the seventh school that's had to close at one time or another this year for asbestos concerns.