"Mold is found
everywhere," said Lori Cragin, a state epidemiologist. "It's found
inside, it's found outside; it's what breaks down leaves and things, so it's
One other place it was
found-- a kindergarten classroom at Northwest Primary School in Rutland.
Administrators say yearly testing revealed the presence of mold spores in
October in the corridor next to the classroom. They say they immediately took
"We have taken every
measure that we should," said Mary Moran of Rutland City Public Schools.
"I know it's of concern to people. We have tried to allay people's
That included notifying
parents with a letter saying that the school's priority is "maintaining
high standards for student's health and well-being."
Keatinge: Were children exposed at any time to mold?
Mary Moran: We don't believe
so. And the mold spore count in the classroom was lower than the outside air on
the two days that we actually did the testing.
Students were moved to
another classroom and construction began to remove and redo the roof, which was
built 30 years ago. Administrators say tests revealed that the roof was leaking
and causing a moisture issue. Officials say that's what is behind the mold
officials say the health risks due to exposure to mold can vary.
populations could be affected by mold, so people who might have allergies to it
could be affected, so they would get a runny nose, itchy eyes... hay fever-type
symptoms," Cragin said.
The EPA, the
state and the CDC have no
standards set for the fungus. Although they say most people are not affected by
it, they agree that the school is making the right move by fixing the problem
as quickly as possible.
"Mold is something
that could be taken care of, regardless of the type or number of spore counts.
We should stop the water from getting in and from growing," Cragin said.
School officials say they
are doing everything possible to protect students' health.
"The safety issue, we
believe, our experts have handled very, very well," Moran said.
The school superintendent
we spoke with says that once construction is done, the room may be used for a
multipurpose room. The class will remain where it is for the rest of this year,
as school officials do not want to make students move again. The class will not
stay where it is next year as that is the art/music space. It will likely go
into a vacant classroom in the main building.
Friday, March 7 2014 7:28 PM EST2014-03-08 00:28:44 GMT
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