An environmental firm hired to track mold levels at Drum Point Elementary School said in a report this week that the school is free of a mold problem that was first discovered in 2013.
The report from Environmental Safety Management Company found that classrooms in the school “appeared to be clean with no signs of abnormal dust accumulations,” and there were “no signs of abnormal mold growth and no mold-like or musty odors in any classrooms inspected.”
The inspections took place June 9 and consisted of a visual inspection of each classroom and office throughout the school, coupled with air monitoring for temperature and relative humidity in all accessible areas. Air samples for mold spores were also collected in approximately 15 representative classrooms and offices distributed throughout the school, along with outdoor comparison locations to determine if air levels of mold spores were within normal ranges.
The inspection found that air levels of mold spores were normal, about the same or less than the number of mold spores found in the outside air. The report suggested that some air dampers be switched from “spring” mode to “summer” mode to let a reduced flow of outdoor air in the building, and one window air conditioner should have its condensate line checked for moisture.
But, “based upon the above, it is my professional opinion that airborne mold levels throughout the school were within normal ranges,” stated Dr. Richard M. Lynch, who performed the inspection.
The school has been monitored for mold since 2013, when about 10 classrooms had elevated mold levels at the beginning of the school year. The district began a remediation plan immediately and worked on the issue during weekends.
The full inspection report can be found online.