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BeyondtheNews
FACILITIES

Mold problems are manageable
-and mostly simple to repair
Mold may raise images of sick students
and rotting buildings, but in reality, it's
an easy-and most times inexpensive-
problem to solve if dealt with quickly
and effectively.
Many mold issues can be remedied
by drying out or replacing the affected
areas right away.
"The longer you wait, the more
damage that can be done," says Claire
Barnett, executive director of Healthy
Schools Network. "Schools normally
only have to dry out the mold-infested
area by containing and controlling the
water if they act quickly."
In California, Klamath-Trinity Joint
USD has spent about $65 million since
2014 to remove mold, lead and asbestos
because of outdated building codes
and mold issues not being addressed
quickly. The district still needs to raise
another $20 million to demolish and
reconstruct six of its seven schools.
The region has constant, heavy
humidity from the nearby Pacific
Ocean-and it received about 113

US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

By Steven Wyman-Blackburn

QUICK FIX- Schools should act quickly to prevent mold from spreading in
places like lavatories, where it can form on drywall under leaky sinks (left). Failure
to address the issue within 24 hours may require administrators to follow full
containment procedures (right) to quarantine the infected area.

inches of rain last year alone. "While
our buildings were approved in the
1950s, they aren't very appropriate for
our climate," says Superintendent Jon
Ray. Fiberglass insulation-a material
that sponges up moisture-lies between
most ceilings and roofs.
Mold can also grow unchecked

How to prevent mold-or keep it from spreading
* Keep surfaces dry: Use air-conditioners on humid days to ventilate buildings
and prevent mold.
* Act quickly: If there is water damage, the material must be completely dried
out within 24 hours or should be replaced. The faster you tackle the problem, the cheaper it is to solve.
* Use common sense: If an area looks damp, feels wet or smells musty, determine if mold is the cause.
* Isolate area: Mold is unlikely to hit an entire building. Isolate areas when
leaks occur in roofs, bathrooms or cafeterias.
* Don't use cleaning solutions: Do not clean, paint over or "treat" mold with
fungicide or bleach. Chemicals last for only 24 hours before the mold starts
growing again.
* Self-reliance goes long way: Instead of hiring an outside consultant, learn
to recognize and solve the problem. See www.epa.gov/schools.

when administrators leave a district for
another job without having the repairs
completed. To prevent such a problem,
the district should record leaks and water accumulation.
"If someone in a leadership position
doesn't fix a leaky roof and transitions
to another school, the person who takes
the position inherits a big problem,"
Barnett says.
Administrators should also track student health complaints. A surge in visits
to the nurse for asthma, headaches and
rashes, for example, can signal a brewing mold problem.
District leaders could also benefit
from an appointed health and safety
committee to keep track of concerns,
says Barnett.
"No administrator wants to be in a
position where they inadvertently made
a student sick, caused attendance to
drop and lost daily attendance revenue,"
Barnett adds. "The best advice is to take
the first complaint seriously."
Steven Wyman-Blackburn is web editor.

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