Contaminated School To Reopen Tuesday

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A Gardnerville school shut down earlier this month by a mercury spill will reopen Tuesday - and officials say students have nothing to worry about.

Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School has been closed since Jan. 6, when a student brought a quarter cup of mercury to the classrooms.

Jolaine Johnson of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection said the school has tested safely at 0.3 micrograms of mercury per cubic meter of air.

No students or staff have reported illness from the spill, officials said.

The cost of the school cleanup, including carpet removal, has been estimated at $100,000.

Superintendent John Soderman said the eight missed days would be made up beginning June 14, as required by state law.

The student who brought the mercury to school has been slapped with a 10-day suspension and might face further disciplinary action.

No decision has been made whether criminal charges will be filed.