TOMS RIVER – A photo of a Toms River High School South classroom has been circulating on social media, as the room is barricaded and taped off with a sign saying ‘danger asbestos.’
Several parents expressed their concerns online as the picture was shared. The photo shows a classroom completely closed off to staff and students, labeled danger as the room allegedly contained asbestos.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to asbestos has been associated with adverse health effects such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
Mike Kenny, Coordinator of the Office of Grants and Communication, told JerseyShoreOnline.com said the district is currently working with the state to remove any asbestos found in rooms.
“Our contractor works with state-approved asbestos remediation vendors. Several HSS classrooms received remediation on old flooring that required this signage and testing. The rooms remain closed for construction and the signage is required by law – all proper safety protocols and air-quality testing has been completed, and all areas have passed inspection,” Kenny said.
Additionally, Kenny said this work takes places after hours when there are no students or staff in the building.