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Clean-up continues at Saint Edward's Elementary

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The goal is to have students back Friday, but the work isn't quite over at a Waterloo elementary dealing with mold. Last week crews discovered mold in the lower level of Saint Edwards Elementary school in Waterloo.

Classes were supposed to begin last Wednesday but had to be pushed back until everything was cleaned-up. Professional cleaning crews wrapped up work Wednesday, but there's still a couple more steps before students can return.

It's a massive clean-up effort in the parking lot of Saint Edward's elementary. With rubber gloves and soapy water all classroom essentials are getting a thorough cleaning.

"There's a cleaning protocol that they're following once a set of the items is clean it's brought into the building the items are put back in the teachers classroom and five more bags will come out of our gymnasium where were storing all the items right now," said Saint Edward's Principal Pam Schowalter.

Teachers, administrators, and volunteers are working together to get things neat and tidy for the students and the upcoming schools year.

"Were just such a team and it's just a great to see every body come together to make a positive out of a little bump in the road so we'll be clean," said new middle school principal, Amy Sandvold.

"I would most definitely love to be in that classroom with my students and my colleagues teaching, but I think we are definitely doing a great job of making the best out of an unfortunate situation and making it a win-win situation getting our building clean and healthy for all of our students and staff," said Saint Edward's teacher Karen Nank.

By the end of the Wednesday school officials expect to have about 65 percent of the stuff cleaned up and put back into classrooms. The rest of it will happen Thursday morning then in the afternoon teachers will put out the books and name tags getting everything ready for the first day of school on Friday.

"We know when school is back in session life will go on and we feel very blessed to have such a clean school and healthy school for our students because out number one concern for staff and students is to make sure it's a healthy environment so they will have a great school year," said Schowalter.

Because all other schools in the Cedar Valley Catholic School System are still open, Saint Ed's Elementary won't have to make up the days missed. School officials want to re-assure parents that students will not miss any part of the curriculum.

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