KERSHAW COUNTY, SC — The first day of school for Lugoff Elementary students will be delayed until Aug. 22 to allow time for cleaning and air quality tests for areas of mold that were discovered late last week.
All other Kershaw County School District schools will open Aug. 19.
“Like other communities across the state, we have experienced a heavy amount of rainfall recently, and this has created more moisture in the building at Lugoff Elementary,” said Superintendent Frank Morgan in a news release. “At the end of last week as teachers returned, we discovered areas of mold in several of the school’s classrooms. Over the past few days, we have worked with a professional cleaning company to address the problem but learned this morning that more classrooms are impacted than we originally thought.”
The superintendent said that the cleaning company has told the school district that once the building is properly cleaned, the problem should be resolved and not recur. The school is more than 40 years old, the release said. Lugoff Elementary’s kindergarten orientation will be rescheduled for Aug. 21 and other missed grade level parent orientations will be rescheduled for later dates.