Prince George’s County elementary school shut down due to mold concerns

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PRINCE GEORGE’S CO. – Students at one Prince George’s County elementary school will not be returning to their usual place of learning when school is back in session September 4.

District Heights Elementary School (DHES) sent a letter to parents Tuesday informing them the school is experiencing air quality issues.

“Many of you know that District Heights Elementary School has had problems with air quality,” writes Principal Marlowe Blount-Rich. “At this time we are not able to balance the temperature within our school.”

School officials say PGCPS has decided to invest $2.5 million to install a new cooling system throughout the building.

In the meantime, DHES students will temporarily attend school at Forestville High School (FHS), which is currently unoccupied. FHS is located six miles away from DHES in Forestville, Maryland. Blount-Rich says transportation will be provided.

The school experienced the same problem in April of last year when they investigated for mold due to air quality issues.

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