Asbestos Shuts Down New York Elementary School

September — and the start of another school year — are just weeks away. But students and teachers may not be returning any time soon to the Calvin Coolidge Elementary School in Binghamton, N.Y., following the discovery of disturbed asbestos in the building.

According to the news site Press Connect, workers discovered the asbestos in a basement crawl space last month during a routine inspection. The find shut down the elementary school and forced students in the school’s summer enrichment program to relocate after tests for airborne asbestos revealed unacceptable levels of the carcinogen nearly everywhere in the building.

District administrators have since met with a health consultant for guidance on how to advise people who may have been exposed to asbestos while in the building, according to Press Connect

Asbestos fibers pose a health hazard if inhaled. The sharp, microscopic fibers can get stuck in the lungs and other internal organs. Over time, the embedded fibers can cause scarring and inflammation, which can lead to deadly diseases such pleural mesothelioma, an incurable cancer.

The Binghamton City School District Board of Education passed an emergency resolution this week to help speed up the process of asbestos abatement at the Coolidge. In the meantime, parents are wondering where their children will be going to school in September.

Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma although it may take decades for symptoms of the disease to appear. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, don’t wait to take action. Contact the asbestos attorneys at Sokolove Law today to learn more about your legal rights, which may include filing a mesothelioma lawsuit.