Father Judge expected to reopen Thursday

The Archdiocese has announced Father Judge High School will remain closed for an additional day after a skin and eye irritant was found in the building. High school administrators say the building has been deemed safe, but will remain closed Wednesday for additional environmental safety tests.“The administration of Father Judge High School was notified late this afternoon by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health that it was safe for its school to be open to students. Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of its students and faculty, as well as concern for those who experienced eye and skin irritation after visiting the school for a cheerleading competition last Sunday, the school will remain closed tomorrow.

Over the past two days, the Philadelphia Police, Fire, and Public Health Departments have investigated the situation. The continued presence of risky hazardous materials or agents has been ruled out. The high school is working with an outside environmental firm to conduct additional testing which would not have otherwise been performed. Those results are expected tomorrow afternoon. Pending those results, school would reopen on Thursday, December 8th. School families are being informed at this hour.

The Father Judge High School community is extremely grateful to all city agencies who have worked to ensure the safety of their school.”

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