The cleanup efforts will keep the schools closed until at least Wednesday. A school official explained that they are waiting to see how the cleanup progresses before determining when the buildings will re-open.
The news of the schools’ mold problems do not come as a surprise, notes the Courier Post—especially considering the recent wet weather and failing infrastructure of the schools. The heavy rains and flooding after Hurricane Irene only compounded the problems caused by a roof that had leaked for years in one school.
Other schools in the district, Atco and Thomas Richards, are now closed as they are undergoing inspection and remediation too.
Mold exposure can lead to a wide array of symptoms, depending on each individual’s sensitivity. Some people experience nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation, while others may have more severe reactions. Those who are immunocompromised or with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs, according the Centers to Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Waterford school official told the Courier Post that it was too early to know if students and staff have suffered any health effects from the mold.
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EMSL Analytical Inc. is a nationally recognized accredited testing laboratory and locally focused provider of consumer product, environmental, microbiology, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services to professionals and the general public.