Mold in carpeting causes class cancellation on the first day of school; officials are hoping school will resume tomorrow

September 8, 2015

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

HESPERIA — Mold that was found Monday, Sept. 7, in carpeting in five classrooms caused Hesperia Community Schools to cancel school on the first day back from summer break Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Superintendent Michael Corey said he is hoping that classes will resume Wednesday, Sept. 9, but will likely not make a decision until 6 p.m.

The surface mold in the carpeting “materialized” over the weekend, and it was discovered Monday afternoon, Corey said. It was caused by the extreme heat and humidity, he said. A professional company is currently “triple cleaning” the carpeting, he said. Because it was Labor Day and the discovery of the mold occurred so late in the day, the school was not able to find a company to clean it Monday, he said. Corey said he contacted health department officials, and has been advised that the mold does not pose a safety threat.