Atlanta School leaders respond to mold concerns

5:33 PM, Nov 1, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta school leaders are responding to concerns over mold in one high school.

In July, parents of students at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta discovered that there was a mold problem at the school. The following month, Atlanta Public School officials said the mold was confined to a few classrooms in the fine arts building, and closed those areas to students.

But even this week, we received photos from parents showing continued mold issues in the school.

11Alive News has been following this story to hold school official accountable.  On Friday, the school district sent a letter home to parents, saying in part:

"...the majority of areas treated have not experienced a recurrence of mold.  However, in response to continued reports of mold in the technology building and other areas, we have taken, and are planning to take, the following corrective actions:

- The entire technology building has been closed. In addition, the culinary arts program, JROTC and other classrooms have been relocated. We will conduct more in-depth, deconstructive testing to ensure a final resolution to the mold.

- While the technology building is closed, APS facilities services will replace some of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) components in the building.

- A comprehensive study of the plumbing pipes in the fine arts building was completed October 31.

- Sewer upgrades will begin November 4 near the art, band and chorus rooms to alleviate an obstruction in flow. Temporary construction walls were placed in the hallway to seal off the work area.

- Band and chorus rooms will be closed for one day, Monday, November 4. The rooms will reopen for instruction Tuesday, November 5, and will remain accessible to students and staff for the duration of the project.

- The full scope of this work is scheduled to be completed in November.

- Once the technology building has been cleared and all upgrades are completed in other areas as outlined above, students and staff will return to their classrooms. The expected date for the replacement of HVAC system components in the technology building is late January 2014.

- To ensure the ongoing safety of the campus, air-quality testing will be conducted quarterly in all buildings.

Continuing Coverage of Mold at Booker T. Washington High School:
Washington High School mold problem prompts emergency meeting
Parents speak out about mold at Washington High School

Mold Information and Resources:
* Dangers of mold and how to remove from CDC
* How to contact Atlanta Public School leaders about the facilities

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