The discovery of asbestos has led to the temporary closure York’s Wigginton School. Engineers were inspecting the school during the Christmas holiday and found asbestos insulation board which they felt needed to be replaced. The school was closed as a precaution while workers wait to began the process of asbestos removal.
Parents received phone calls from the city informing them of the school’s closure and York’s City Council is working with nearby schools to provide temporary places for the school’s 247 students while the work is being done. Once approved by the Health Safety Executive, the removal is expected to take less than a week and students will be allowed to return shortly thereafter.