Storm Damages Kansas School Ceiling with Asbestos

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HAYSVILLE, Kan. (AP) _ Classrooms at a middle school in central Kansas have reopened after wet asbestos was found in the ceiling.

Haysville Middle School reported damage to its roof from melting ice after a recent winter storm. The school said asbestos plaster above drop ceilings in 12 classrooms became soaked with water.

The school said in a news release that it notified the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Monday and had taken steps
to contain the rooms and move the students.

The Environmental Protection Agency says asbestos mineral fibers when inhaled can cause significant lung problems.

The school district said air quality tests showed no fibers had been released, and the classrooms reopened Thursday.

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