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Asbestos Closes Rotherham School

A primary school in South Yorkshire was closed for the time being following the discovery of asbestos in a portion of the building.

The cancer-causing material was discovered on Thursday at Whiston Junior School in Rotherham during some jobs performed prior to the renovation over the Easter break.

According to Rotherham Council, the school will remain closed even after Easter until the asbestos is removed.

Jackie Williams, the head teacher in the school, said primary tests didn’t show dangerous levels of asbestos. She said there is no risk for teachers or students.

“Additional tests will be performed to make sure that the renovation work can safely continue,” Williams said.

“The decision to shut the school could not be taken lightly. But our first and foremost priority is the safety of staff, students and visitors,” Williams said.

Hopefully the school will be reopened on 16th April after the Easter break, Williams said.