How Safe Is Your School’s Air Quality?
At the beginning of this year, Got Mold? began asking the question: “Are Schools Making Kids Sick?” This question was prompted by a news article published by CNN which concluded that public schools are literally making children sick.
Beginning with this initial investigation, we decided to attempt to document the ocurrence of mold in schools through our “Mold In the News” feature that we publish weekly. What we have found is that nearly 30% of the news stories published are about mold in schools.
It is fairly clear that mold is an issue. It is therefore not surprising that this past week, there were three stories about mold in schools. Schools in Massachusetts, Texas, and New Jersey are currently dealing with mold issues.
What is troublesome, however, is that our efforts to document issues are based exclusively on what becomes public knowledge and therefore available to the news to report.
How many more schools have mold and air quality issues?
What are our school boards doing to measure the air quality?
As a parent and perhaps because of my awareness of the health consequences of mold, this issue is particularly troublesome. My hope is that our School Board Trustees, Principals, and others that manage our schools take the issue of air quality seriously.
Since we started our investigation into this matter, Got Mold? has been proactively creating awareness by engaging with school board officials. Knowledge, we believe, is the key to ensuring that the managers of our school system understand why this is an issue.
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— Got #Mold?™ (@gotmoldglobal) August 21, 2012