Yokota elementary school closed for asbestos testing
Officials at Yokota Air Base, Japan, announced Sunday that Yokota East Elementary School would be closed Monday through Wednesday after a small amount of asbestos was detected in the school’s media center.
The closure is a “precautionary measure” to allow time for environmental tests, according to a press release from the base public affairs office, which also stated that “at no time were students and educators exposed to any harmful materials.” The release added that there currently are “no acute health concerns” for students, school employees or base residents.
A town hall meeting was planned for Monday at 5 p.m. at the Yokota Base Theater for the school’s parents, teachers and employees. Base officials including 374th Airlift Wing commander Scott P. Goodwin and officials from Department of Defense Dependents Schools and Army Corps of Engineers were to attend.
DODDS officials were to use the closure to reorganize class locations and schedules.