E-Learning Day declared for two area elementary schools

Two elementary schools in Johnson County will be closed to students and staff on Thursday.

Franklin Community Schools says a second round of air and soil gas sampling took place over the winter. Samples of air were taken from below the concrete floor at Needham Elementary and Webb Elementary and sent to a lab for analysis. FCS received preliminary results Wednesday. They indicated that three out of seven samples at Webb Elementary and two out of 10 samples at Needham Elementary were above the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s screening levels.

The latest testing comes after testing done over the summer cleared both schools. That came about after parents expressed concerns about possible contamination, as both schools are located near an old manufacturing site. Additional sampling is set for over spring break, which is set to begin after classes on Thursday.

FCS will be implementing an E-Learning Day for Thursday, March 21st for Needham Elementary and Webb Elementary only. Other schools in the district will remain in session.

FCS officials say they will provide an update on Thursday.