Niwot High remains closed over asbestos concerns |

Niwot High remains closed over asbestos concerns

NIWOT, Colo. (AP) – Niwot High School officials say crews are scrambling to remove asbestos fibers from the air of an area under construction that forced the closure of the school for a third day.

Classes were canceled for Wednesday, two days after officials evacuated the school Monday when construction workers found material that appeared to be asbestos. Initial tests showed trace amounts of cancer-causing asbestos in the air.

The school has about 1,280 students.

St. Vrain Valley School District spokesman John Poynton says air test indicate asbestos fibers remain in the air in a corridor near the girls’ locker room, but not anywhere else at the school. Poynton says they hope to reopen the school Thursday.

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