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Johnson Jr. High remains closed, more mercury found

Students will not be returning to Johnson Junior High for a third day as Environmental Protection Agency officials continue to investigate a mercury contamination on campus.

There are still some areas in the school -- specifically the gym -- where crews are making sure all traces of mercury are removed. Crews also checked dozens of nearby homes over the weekend.

Cleanup crews were at the school until 9 p.m. Sunday testing for traces of mercury. Clark County School District officials revealed as much as a quarter of a cup of the substance was found on the campus.

A teacher discovered some students playing with the mercury last Wednesday during a school assembly, but district officials say it was likely on the campus prior to that day.

This resulted in a lockdown where students and staff were not allowed to leave the school until early Thursday morning after they had been screened individually by EPA investigators.

The investigation continued in the classrooms as well. Seven buses have been tested and cleared.
So far 60 homes have been screened for mercury with one of them was deemed unsafe by the local health district.

"We care about our students, we care about their families and we want to ensure that when they do return that safety, security and cleanliness is a top priority," said Mike Barton, CCSD.

The district says students will have to make up at least two of the three missed days of school and it is still unclear when they will return this week, if at all.

The district urges parents to keep an eye on their online portal -- ParentLink -- to see if classes will resume tomorrow.

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