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Fungus closes New Jersey school longer than expected

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. - Students of Willow Grove Elementary in Hackettstown won't be reporting back to their designated classrooms as quickly as they thought. 

The school was originally closed Sept. 21 due to fungus that was discovered growing in 13 classrooms. It was thought students and staff were going to be back in the elementary building Oct. 30.

But now the district is hopeful for a return date of Nov. 13, according to Superintendent David Mango.

The elementary school students have been reporting to other schools in the district for classes, while an outside environmental consultant cleans the building and tests air quality.

Principal of Willow Grove Elementary, Patrick McQueeney, released a statement saying the school hasn't received the necessary clearances to allow students and teachers back in the building. Once the necessary reports are received, the district will implement a plan to transition the staff and students back into Willow Grove.

McQueeney says Halloween celebrations will still take place for Willow Grove students but in their current locations on Oct. 31. 

"As we draw closer to returning to our building, we appreciate your continued support and understanding," he said in a statement. 


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