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Pennsylvania school shuts down for mold repairs   PDF  Print  E-mail 
Posted by Susan Lillard  
Wednesday, 16 April 2008


Northampton, PA - Classes are cancelled at a local school due to a possible toxic classmate. Students at George Wolfe Elementary School in Bath, Northampton County are off for the rest of the week while school officials deal with mold. WFMZ's Bo Koltnow has the story.
Wendy, students were dismissed at 3:15. They won't be back for the rest of the week. Classes have been canceled due to mold found within the walls. Reporter: An early weekend for students comes as the school health fails to make a passing grade. Since October of 2007 the school has been undergoing an extensive construction project. Concerned over indoor air quality from migrating dust and odors, several parents contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Health in February.

An inspection indicated that organic vapors were over acceptable guidelines for an indoor occupied space. The Department of health made several recommendations to control air quality. This isn't Wolf Elementary's first time dealing with health concerns. Wood contamination forced the schools playground to close in 2003. In 2006 several teachers and at least one student complained of burning eyes and scratchy throats. Common symptoms of mold exposure. A town meeting about this situation is set for Thursday in the Northampton Area High School Gymnasium, beginning at 6:30.

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