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Johnson Jr. High reopens after mercury contamination

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Walter Johnson Jr. High School reopened to students on Sept. 13, 2016 after closing for three school days due to mercury contamination. (FOX5) Walter Johnson Jr. High School reopened to students on Sept. 13, 2016 after closing for three school days due to mercury contamination. (FOX5)
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Students returned to classes at Walter Johnson Jr. High School on Tuesday after being kept out since last Thursday due to a hazardous materials incident that resulted in the recovery of a quarter of a cup of mercury.

On Monday, the Clark County School District and EPA said the campus is safe for students and staff. Just five days before, though, the mercury was discovered on campus, prompting students to be quarantined and screened for contamination. 

Classes were back in session at 8:45 a.m. Mercury levels were 10 to 15 times the safe limit, and that has some parents worried, despite the assurance.

[READ: Johnson Jr. High classes to resume Tuesday after mercury scare]

“I’m excited that school is going to be open tomorrow. It’s been a long time. Too many days missed from school,” parent Stephanie Henderson said.

Henderson has taken measures into her own hands.

“Today I went and got all her (daughter) blood work done just in case, but the doctor told me not to worry,” she said.

Still, Henderson is apprehensive.

“Now I’m still kinda fearing, like, is it really safe for them to come to school?” she said.  

School officials have still not said when the mercury was brought on campus or how.

EPA officials said about 80 homes were tested for mercury contamination. One family had to be evacuated from their home. The EPA is scheduled to begin decontaminating their home Tuesday.  

The district is working to determine when those missed days of school will be made up.

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