ROXANA, Ill. - Thick plastic and an asbestos sign are the barriers that block the bridge between Roxana, Ill. junior and senior high schools.
Students use the little hallway every day, but on Friday they had to take a detour. The area was quarantined because construction workers mistakenly started working on installing air conditioning units in an asbestos contaminated area. The area was scheduled for asbestos treatment this summer.
Students saw the quarantined area and got worried.
"I thought I was on the set of a movie scene where they were quarantining things," said one student. He asked not to be identified.
Superintendent Debbie Kreutztrager said the area was cordoned off before school and staff even made it to school in the morning.
"Student safety is our number one concern so we quarantined it off and got the consultants in. We wanted to take every precautionary measure to contain that area so it could be thoroughly cleaned," she said. She added that there's no risk to students.
Environmental consultants tested the air. The results will be back on Saturday.
The construction company will have to pay for the cleanup costs to the asbestos affected areas. The hallway will be open again on Monday.