Classes to resume in Franklin after test samples show no signs of toxins


FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) — Two elementary schools in Franklin have been cleared to resume classes after conducting tests for toxins.

Franklin Community Schools announced the results of air sample testing at two elementary schools on Friday. 

According to the report, the samples collected at Webb and Needham elementaries by environmental experts “showed no detection of PCE, TCE, or any other chemical of concern” at either location.

The release of the results came days after the two schools were forced to participate in an e-learning day after initial environmental testing led to a call for more testing. 

Franklin Schools officials said in July they would test air, water and soil in the area after data showed alarming levels of toxic chemicals in homes near the schools.

An Indianapolis-based environmental firm, EnviroForensics, first did testing in July on the grounds at Webb and Needham elementary schools.

EnviroForensics also performed the latest testing for the schools. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contributed to the testing. 

According to the report, 20 indoor air samples at Needham Elementary and 24 indoor air samples at Webb Elementary were tested. Additional sub-slab and floor drain samples were also tested. 

“FCS remains committed to ensuring student and staff safety by taking proactive steps to address contaminants under the slabs,” said a Franklin Community Schools spokesperson in a statement.

FCS is planning to remedy the issue by installing a sub-slab depressurization system. That process will take place outside of regularly scheduled school days, the district said.  

Franklin Community Schools said full sampling results will be released on their website Friday. 

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