LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Pinelands Regional High School will reopen to students Tuesday after asbestos was detected from roof work that caused it to be closed last week.

Acting District Superintendent Cheryl Stevenson said Monday the latest air tests showed compounds at the school “well below” federal and state standards.

The report from TTI Environment dated Friday recommends the building can be safely occupied. A report Thursday showed no evidence of asbestos at the high school from 13 samples.

The day before, “one sample (of 18) had one asbestos fiber detected, which could be considered background levels,” in the hallway by Room 171, the report stated.

Stevenson said the district has taken steps to ensure the safety of the students and staff by using filter units to speed up odor removal. They are also adjusting the construction schedule to after 3 p.m. to alleviate concerns.

“We are committed to providing routine and thorough air-quality testing in both the high school and the junior high school to assure the health and safety of both staff and students,” Stevenson said.

She said the district has set up new protocols to identify concerns about construction and will continue to make changes based on the health and safety of the students.

Pinelands Regional closed Tuesday and Wednesday to take air-quality tests to address concerns brought before the school board Oct. 2. The asbestos was related to a roofing project at the high school this summer.

The district remained closed to students and most staff Thursday and Friday as district awaited air-test results.

The school district was already closed to students Monday for a staff in-service day.

To read the air-quality reports, see pinelandsregional.org/health-and-safety.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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