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Mold found in York Suburban classrooms, remediation plan in effect
Mold was discovered in a handful of York Suburban High School classrooms Monday, but it will not affect the start of school for students and staff.
At a school board meeting Monday, Aug. 20, Superintendent Timothy Williams read a letter he sent to high school parents that day, stating that mold had been found in two classrooms, 121 and 123 (also known as the TLC classrooms), last week.
But additional surface mold was found Monday in rooms 101, 105, 107, 111, 125, 126, 127 and 130, he wrote. The remaining classrooms did not have any signs of mold, he said.
District personnel were in the process of following the recommendation of consultant Airborne Contamination Identification Associates, located in Manchester Township, to fog the rooms with a mold-killing substance.
Rooms must be closed for 20-30 minutes during the fogging, but they are safe to enter afterward.
Williams said, as an added precaution, extra dehumidifiers were brought in, and ACIA was scheduled to use air scrubbers in half of the affected rooms before 11 p.m. Monday and the other half overnight.
Eastern York School District also recently found mold in its middle school before the beginning of the school year, thanks to summer weather, including heavy rains, which contribute to ideal conditions for the fungus to grow.
Eastern York Middle School is closed until further notice, and students will begin classes Monday, Aug. 27, in other district school buildings until it reopens.
York Suburban School District welcomes K-5, sixth- and ninth-grade students, as well as new students, Wednesday, Aug. 22, and all students the following day.
Air samples of affected classrooms were to be taken Tuesday to verify that the problem is resolved, and the district will continue to take samples daily to ensure no mold returns, Williams said.
In the event that the mold cannot be remediated before the first day of school, which is unlikely, contingency plans are being created, he added.
“We want our students and staff to spend time in a healthy environment, and we will take the necessary steps to make sure we provide a safe environment in which to learn,” he concluded in the letter.