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Brick School Officials Say Hot Weather, Bad Dehumidifier Left Mold in 7 Classrooms

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Classroom. (Credit: xMizLitx/ Flickr)
Classroom. (Credit: xMizLitx/ Flickr)

Brick school officials sent out a letter to parents at one of the district’s elementary schools Wednesday to detail steps that were taken to remove mold from seven classrooms.

The letter, sent to parents of students at Emma Havens Young Elementary School, said while preparing the building for the start of the new school year, custodial staff discovered mold growth in the seven classrooms. According to the letter, signed by Superintendent Gerard Dalton and Principal David Kasyan, “immediate action was taken” to clean all of the surfaces and replace dehumidifiers.

“The most probable cause was the high humidity we experienced during the last weeks of August,” the letter said. “During our investigation, it was also discovered that the dehumidification system in that area of the building was not performing as designed.”

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District facilities staff, after cleaning the rooms and installing new dehumidifiers, subsequently inspected all ventilation equipment to ensure the system was working properly, the letter said. The district has also contracted with Environmental Safety Management Corporation to “provide services for testing of air and surfaces and monitoring for temperature and humidity” so parents can be assured the areas are safe for children to occupy.

“District staff will continue to monitor the conditions of the impacted rooms on a regular basis as we await the results of testing,” the letter went on to say.

The school, presumably, will be open when the 2018-19 school year begins in the coming weeks.