Kentucky school clear of asbestos, students return

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) - Students returned to a western Kentucky elementary school after missing a day of classes while officials searched the facility for asbestos.

South Heights Elementary School in Henderson welcomed students back on Monday.

The Gleaner reported that a search Saturday of the school turned up no asbestos fibers in any air samples. The Kentucky Division for Air Quality recommended the school reopen Monday.

The decision to cancel classes came after crews tearing up carpet on Wednesday found something they thought could indicate the presence of asbestos in the school.

The carpet was being replaced because of a leak in the school's roof and ceiling that caused water damage to a room used by third-, fourth- and fifth graders.

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