Englewood Elementary School students have been getting their school lunches bused in and having it in their classrooms after a mold problem was uncovered earlier this month.

Tuscaloosa County Schools Deputy Superintendent David Patrick said the issue appeared to arise from air conditioning equipment not working. The equipment is repaired, and there are plans to replace it soon, he said.

Since the mold was found, the lunch room area was closed and meals have been shipped over from Hillcrest High School.

Patrick said he wants everyone to know that the students and staff at the school are in no danger.

“The level that was found inside the cafeteria, even when we saw the mold growing, was actually less than what was in the atmosphere in the outside air,” he said.

Patrick said crews finished cleaning up today and they’re planning on reopening the cafeteria some time next week.

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