Superintendent: Northport Middle School students to be relocated amid environmental probe

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Students at Northport Middle School will be relocated effective Thursday due to ongoing environmental issues at the building, According to Robert Banzer, the superintendent of the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District.

News 12 has reported that there have been complaints for years that the school is making students and staff sick. Elevated levels of mercury were detected outside the building, but extensive testing found no detectable levels of mercury vapor.

MORE: Northport superintendent outlines four relocation options for students 

In a letter sent out to parents, Banzer laid out the plans for the middle school students:

Northport Middle School 8th Graders will be relocated to the High School. Most of the courses will take place in one wing of the building. However, when it is necessary for students to attend classes such as science, art & technology in another part of the building they will be escorted by staff.

Northport Middle School 7th Graders will be relocated to East Northport Middle School.

Northport Middle School 6th Graders will be relocated to two elementary schools with their academic teams. Six Gold & Six White will attend Norwood Avenue Elementary and Six Blue will attend Bellerose Avenue Elementary School.

According to the letter, there will be no school for Northport Middle School students on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 22. It also says that the relocation plan will be finalized and communicated to families before Thursday, Jan. 23.

Read the letter below:

Parents stage another 'sick out' at Northport school after elevated levels of mercury 
Tests show mercury levels not detected in the air at Northport Middle School 
Environmental firm to investigate odors at Northport Middle School 

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