School closed after burst pipe damages tiles with asbestos

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts elementary school will be closed this week after a pipe burst over the holiday break and damaged ceiling tiles that contained asbestos.

Fitchburg Superintendent Andre Ravenelle says the closure of Crocker Elementary School will allow the district to plan for a temporary relocation of students and staff.

A statement from Ravenelle says the district is working with the appropriate agencies and experts on cleaning, remediation and testing.

Students were supposed to return to class Tuesday.

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