Friday, March 9, 2012

Sick school building affecting staff and students

Water infiltration in buildings can lead to
mold and indoor air quality issues.
Poor air quality at the Middle School of the Kennebunks is getting too much for some teachers there, who spoke out at a recent meeting to demand changes.

About 16 teachers said they were experiencing symptoms like runny noses, cardiac problems, breathing issues, fatigue, recurring sinus infections, itching and burning eyes, headaches and rashes.

They (and many of their doctors) are blaming the health effects on the school facility’s poor indoor air quality due to mold.

Students, too, have complained of nose bleeds, headaches and nausea, they say.

The school only opened in the year 2002, but problems started soon after.

Poor construction techniques may be to blame for regular water infiltration. The school district has already invested more than $2 million in the building.

The work included a new roof, new external insulation, a rebuilt corridor, new carpet, reset windows and regular air testing.

Recent probes into the walls have uncovered no hidden mold.

However, staff said water can be seen running down the walls of the guidance office when it rains.

The teachers were hoping to feel better after the renovations at the school, but it comes as no surprise to us that this has not been the case.

If there is a mold problem in the building, then the water infiltration problems need to be fixed and the mold itself needs to be found and removed first.

Source: Seacoast Online

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