Carnell Elementary School to Close Fri., Dec. 20

Posted on December 19, 2019
Categories: Press Releases

Laura H. Carnell Elementary School will be closed to students tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 20.

The School District of Philadelphia’s top priority remains to provide a healthy, safe and welcoming learning environment for all students and staff. The decision to close the school comes out of an abundance of caution. Earlier today, the District’s Office of Environmental Management & Services (OEMS) provided information to the school community regarding the identification of several imminent hazards involving damage to asbestos-containing pipe insulation at the school. The areas were immediately sectioned off and work immediately began to address the concerns. At this time, all of the repairs to the identified areas were completed.

However, additional areas of concern have been identified in other areas of the building. As a result, Carnell will be closed to students Friday, Dec. 20 so that the building can be fully inspected. Abatement work will be completed as needed, and air testing and cleaning in the building will also be conducted before students and staff re-occupy the building. Results of the air quality tests will be available on the District’s website at

Staff is to report to the lower schoolhouse building on a normal schedule.

Families, media and the public are urged to monitor the school’s website at, in addition to the District website at, for updated information.